• Healthy Snacking

      To Snack and How to Snack…that is the Question!

      Are you confused about whether or not to snack during your busy day? Have you tried to eat “3 square” (meals) and no snacks in order to drop a few unwanted pounds, only to find you are ravenous come dinnertime and eat more than you had planned? Are you looking for fun, easy, snack ideas you can take with you on the go? If so, you are certainly not alone.

      Healthy snacking can really be the key to keeping your energy level even throughout the day, having enough energy to complete your workouts, prepare a healthy dinner and stick to your healthy eating/healthy lifestyle resolve…as long as you know HOW to snack!

      Below are 10 of my most popular (and easy) snack ideas. Try 1-2 snacks daily between meals over the next two weeks and see if you notice a more even energy throughout your day, less nighttime eating, and maybe even a dip on the scale.

      Lauren’s Healthy Snacks

      1. 8oz (1 cup) low-fat or non-fat yogurt with 1 tsp of all fruit jam and 2 Tbs nuts
      2. 1 frozen, cooked whole grain waffle with ½ cup of fruit and powdered sugar
      3. 1 cup low-fat milk and ½ cup sliced fruit, 4 oz juice blended into a shake
      4. 1 cup unsweetened cereal and ½ cup non-fat or low-fat milk
      5. 3 graham cracker squares with 1 Tbs natural peanut butter
      6. 3-5 cups air popped popcorn with cinnamon an nutmeg on top
      7. 1/2 sandwich ( 1 slice whole grain bread, 2 tsp natural peanut butter, 1 tsp jelly)
      8. 1 cup tomato or vegetable soup
      9. ½ whole wheat English muffin with 1 oz low-fat cheese and ¼ cup tomato sauce
      10. 5-8 whole grain crackers and 2 Tbs of low-fat cottage cheese & 1 tsp jam

      Give yourself permission to snack daily and remember to make your snacks fun and enjoyable. If you can make your new healthy eating habits fun, then chances are you will stick with them for years to come!

      For more healthy and realistic nutrition tips, or to find out more about scheduling a nutrition evaluation for yourself, please visit www.nutritionenergy.com or contact Lauren Antonucci, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, CDN directly by email at lauren@Nutritionenergy.com or at (646) 361-6803. Insurance accepted at Nutrition Energy.

      By Lauren Antonucci, MS, RD, CSSD, CDE, CDN
      Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
      Marathoner, Ironman triathlete and Founding Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC