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Dietitian Picks: Top 11 Healthy Snack Ideas When You Have No Time

By Ann Lokuta, MS, RD, LDNKeeping healthy snacks available will help you with weight maintenance during the holidays.

For most individuals (I hesitate to say “all”, because everyone is unique), snacks are a crucial component of a healthy and sustainable diet. Eating every 3-4 hours can help maintain controlled blood sugars throughout the day, improve energy levels, and prevent overeating at meals. To achieve these benefits of snacking, it’s important to aim for pairing a food source of carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, or whole grain based products) with either a food source of fat or protein. Try out some of these dietitian favorites (exchange information provided):

1 Larabar Fruits + Greens Bars: 1 Fruit + 1 Fat

5 Pieces Melissa’s Clean Snacks Pumpkin Seed w/ Chia & Flaxseed: 1 Starch + 1 Fat

1 Cup Mini Peppers + 1 Sabra Hummus Singles: 1 Vegetable + 1 Protein

1 Flatout Foldit Wrap + 2 thin slices No Salt Added Boar’s Head Roasted Turkey + 1 tsp Mustard: 1 Starch + 1 Protein

1 Starkist Low Sodium Tuna Packet + 4 Hint of Salt Triscuits + 1 tsp Mustard + 1 tsp relish: 1 Starch + 1 Protein

1 Low-fat Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese Cup + 1 Pineapple fruit cup in water or 100% juice: 1 Fruit + 1 Protein

1 Babybel Cheese Wheel or 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge + 1 Cup Sliced Cucumber: 1 Veg + 1 Protein

1 Pouch Plum Organics Mighty 4 Blends + 6 Almonds or Cashews: 1 Fruit + 1 Fat

1 Boiled Egg + 3/4 Cup Berries: 1 Fruit + 1 Protein

1 Rice Cake + 1 ½ tsp peanut butter + 3-4 Banana slices: 1 Starch/Fruit + 1 Fat

3 Halo’s/Clementines + 1 square (10 g) Lindt 70-85% Cacao Dark Chocolate: 1 Fruit + 1 Fat

Ask your LMC dietitian what his or her favorite go-to snacks are. We tend to have a lot of quick, tasty, creative, and always nutritious solutions up our sleeves!

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