Health Snack Ideas from Memorial Dietitians

healthy snacksSnacks can be part of a healthy diet; they can provide an energy boost and supply essential vitamins and minerals.  So if you tend to snack, here are some tips to help you make the best choices:

  • Snack only when you are hungry.  Skip the urge to nibble just because you are bored, frustrated or stressed.
  • Keep portion control in mind.  Have a single-serve container of yogurt or put a small serving of nuts in a bowl.  Eating directly from a multiple-serving package can lead to overeating.
  • Plan snacks ahead of time.  Keep a variety of nutritious ready-to-eat supplies on hand, such as low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers.

Here are some suggestions:

  • One tablespoon of peanut butter on apple slices.
  • Three cups air-popped popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
  • Tri-color veggie snack: 6 baby carrots, 10 sugar-snap peas or green pepper strips, 6 cherry tomatoes and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat dressing for a dip.
  • Six whole-wheat crackers and one slice low-fat Colby cheese.
  • Fruit smoothie: Blend 1 cup fat-free milk, ½ c frozen strawberries and ½ banana.
  • 1 oz. unsalted peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios or sunflower seeds.
  • ½ c tuna or chicken salad on bed of lettuce.
  • 1 cup bell pepper slices with 1 tablespoon hummus

So, the next time you need a snack, think flavor, variety and nutrient-rich choices.