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This week’s focus for National Nutrition Month® is how I make snacking healthy AND tasty. I wanted to first share a quote with you that I ran across the other day. I’m not sure who wrote the quote but it really resonated with me and I thought it rang true to how eating right should be.
“Nutrition is not low-fat, it’s not low-calorie. It’s not being hungry and feeling deprived. It’s nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are consistently satisfied and energized to live life to the fullest. After all, isn’t that what this life is about?” I hope this helps you better understand the true simplicity of nutrition. Now let’s move on to the topic of snacking. In my life, snacking has really transformed into something much more than just food between meals. It’s a way that I get more vitamins and minerals in my diet, a way to keep my brain awake and active (I do have a 1 year old so I’m usually sleep deprived), a way to control my hunger, and a way to stay energized. As you will come to realize through reading my blog entries, eating right takes preparation and snacking is no exception. I almost always throw a couple snacks in my purse before heading out the door in the morning. That way, I’m always prepared when hunger strikes and I’m not as temped to go to the vending machine and grab a bag of chips.
My favorite snacks are apples (I probably eat one every day), low-fat string cheese, homemade hummus with whole wheat pita bread or carrot sticks, mixed nuts or plain almonds, a spinach side salad, banana with a spoon full of natural peanut butter, and even a small serving of dinner left-overs. Many times I get the impression that people who are trying to “snack healthy” eat things like rice cakes, celery sticks and diet snack bars…it doesn’t have to be that boring!
How do you snack healthy? Don’t forget to join NCHPAD’s taste challenge this month by sharing your yummy meal ideas and tips on Facebook and Twitter. Just add the hash tag #NCHPADtastechallenge and the person with the tastiest idea will be featured in my blog at the end of March.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month®, 2014. http://www.eatright.org/nnm/. Accessed March 6, 2014.