A big part of healthy eating is eating
more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk products. Healthy
snacks are a great way to make sure that you get plenty of these nutritious
foods every day. Use these ideas to get started.
Make smart snack choices
Find healthier substitutes for high-fat snacks. If your favorite high-fat snack is
potato chips and dip, try baked tortilla chips with bean dip or hummus
Make snacks interesting. If the
idea of a plain piece of fruit doesn't appeal to you, try dipping fruit slices
in low-fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg.
Be prepared. Have snacks ready for when you get hungry. For
example, keep healthy snacks with you at work or school, in your car, and at
home. If you have a healthy snack easily available, it's less likely that
you'll pick a candy bar or bag of chips instead.
Foods that make quick, healthy snacks
Low-fat microwave popcorn
Canned fruit or
applesauce in single-serving containers
Raisins and other dried
Whole wheat crackers
Flavored rice cakes
Combine honey and peanut butter or almond butter for a protein-rich dip for raw apples, carrots,
celery, and pretzel sticks. This spread also tastes great on bagels, rice
cakes, and whole-grain crackers.
Mix fresh or frozen berries with low-fat yogurt. Top with sliced almonds or granola
to make a fruit parfait.
Top whole-grain crackers with low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese and sliced
tomatoes or red pepper strips.
Make your own healthy trail mix with high fiber cereal, dried fruit (such as
cranberries, blueberries, and dates), and nuts such as almonds. This mix also
makes a great topping for yogurt.
Spread low-fat cream cheese on a whole-grain bagel. Sprinkle sunflower seeds and
raisins on top of the cream cheese for extra flavor.
Dip colorful sliced vegetables in low-fat salad dressing or hummus. Try red, yellow, and orange bell peppers; broccoli; cauliflower;
and cherry tomatoes.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator