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Hectic Holiday Snacking

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT


This is a very busy time of year and
when we are busy, nutrition tends to go out the window.  During the holiday season it is easy to grab
convenience items, which tend to be high-fat, high-sugary foods.  Instead of going hungry or grabbing typical
convenience snacks, try healthy holiday snacking!  



Nicole has tips that will help you snack
healthy during this holiday season and will help keep your health in check.   





1.      Try
to avoid simple carbohydrates like candy or juice, which will give you a spike
in blood sugar and stimulate cravings for more carbohydrates and promote fat
storage.  It’s also wise to avoid
carbohydrates with added high saturated fats, such as potato chips, donuts or
chocolate bars.



2.      Include
a source of carbohydrate and protein or fiber in your snack.  This combination will help you get more of
the nutrients you need and will also help keep you fuller longer.  Healthy fats can also be added to your
snack.  Healthy fats come from nuts, olives,
avocados and oils. 



3.      If
you are going to be on the go for a long period of time, try to pack a
non-perishable snack like trail mix and a piece of fruit.  It will help keep you from going through the
drive through or stopping by a vending machine. 



 Here are several good healthy snacking
options to get you started:



 ·       
String cheese and grapes



·       
Trail mix: ¼ cup dried fruit
(cranberries, raisins), 1 cup whole-grain cereal (Quaker Oatmeal Squares) and ¼
cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.)



·       
Apple slices with melted peanut
butter



·       
Fresh fruit and/or vegetables
with string cheese



·       
Half of sandwich (deli meat or
peanut butter)



·       
Yogurt with fruit and granola or
whole grain cereal



·       
1% milk fat cottage cheese with
fresh or light canned fruit



·       
Raw vegetables with hummus



·       
Skim milk and crackers with
peanut butter



·       
Whole-grain cereal with low-fat
or non-fat milk



·       
Whole grain crackers and string
cheese



·       
Canned fruit or applesauce and
nuts



·       
Fill a whole grain tortilla with
turkey, cheese and vegetables

·       
Banana wrap: peanut butter spread
on a whole grain tortilla and banana wrapped inside



Hectic Holiday Snacking


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