Healthy Snacking

A common myth about snacking is that it’s not good for you. This might be true if you’re helping yourself to candy, chips, or other junk foods throughout the day. But healthy snacking is possible — it’s what you eat and how much you eat that matters.

Woman eating an apple.

How to make snacks work for you

The key to healthy snacking is to make smart choices about what you’re eating. Snacks should come from one or more of the following food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and protein. They should also be high in nutrients, and low in fat, sugar, and salt. When snacking, it’s also important to watch how much you’re eating. A snack should be treated as a very small meal. The point is to eat just enough to take the edge off your hunger, not to eat until you’re full.

Pack snacks ahead of time

The body’s fuel runs out within several hours after eating a meal. If you don’t eat, you’ll feel your energy level drop. You may also notice that you’re less focused and alert. Try packing snacks to bring with you to work, school, or wherever your busy schedule takes you. Otherwise, you’ll end up relying on vending machines or convenience stores. Many of the snack options there are high in fat and low in nutrients.

Pick your snacks wisely

Low-fat choices to choose:

  • Whole-wheat bagel with a smear of low-fat cream cheese

  • Fat-free or low-fat muffin

  • Pretzels

  • Rice cakes

  • Low-fat granola bars

  • Whole-grain crackers and graham crackers

  • Low-fat and unsalted microwave popcorn

High-fat choices to avoid:

  • Danish and donuts

  • Snack cakes, cupcakes

  • Chips and crackers

  • Chocolate bars

  • Cream-filled cookies

  • Ready-made popcorn

Snacks for anytime, anywhere

In addition to some of the snacks mentioned above, other good packable snacks include:

  • Single-serving boxes of dry and unsweetened cereal

  • Fresh fruit (oranges, pears, grapes, and apples all travel well)

  • Dried fruit

  • Vegetable sticks or baby carrots

  • Mini-boxes of raisins

  • Unsweetened juice boxes

  • Unsalted nuts and seeds

Snack supplies for home and work

  • Raw vegetables

  • Fat-free or low-fat yogurt

  • Unsweetened applesauce or canned fruit

  • Low-fat cheese slices or string cheese

  • Fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese

  • Whole-wheat tortillas

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Peanut butter

  • Slices of lean turkey or chicken



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