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Snacking the healthier way

Many people think snacks are junk food, though it doesn't have to be that way. Snacking can be part of a balanced diet. Eating small portions between meals provides your body with energy to keep you going throughout the day. Try to keep your snack portions small and less than 200 calories. To maintain a healthy lifestyle choose snacks which provide energy, vitamins and minerals and not too much fat, sugar and salt.

For healthy and filling snacks, try:

 

Starchy snacks Fruit and vegetables Milk and dairy
Plain fruit scone with jam Handful of dried fruit. eg apricots Low calorie hot chocolate with semi skimmed milk
Small bowl of wholegrain cereal- weetabix/ shredded wheat Frozen grapes Low fat yoghurt
Sandwich/toast with honey and banana Carrot, celery and cucumber with cottage cheese Layer frozen fruit yoghurt and granola
Handful of crackers Smoothie Low fat yogurt with a drizzle of honey or chopped fruit added in
Rice cakes Try filling celery with peanut butter or low-fat cottage cheese Little pot of non-fat cottage cheese
Oat cakes Dipping your vegetables in low-fat dressing. Frozen yoghurt
Half a bagel with low fat cream cheese A handful of nuts, seeds, dried fruit or trail-mix (or make your own mix by buying the ingredients you like). Wholegrain cracker with low fat soft cheese
Whole-wheat pita-bread dippped into houmous Fruit kebab A match box size piece of edam with grapes
Some homemade unsweetened popcorn (microwave bags or popping kernals). Stewed fruit Low fat yoghurt drink

 

So forget the bag of crisps or chocolate bar and reach for a healthy snack – you’ll definitely get get extra fibre, vitamins, and minerals, and remember with proper portions and healthy food choices, snacking can enhance, rather than hurt your diet.




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