Quick facts about Amanda's healthy snacks!

Today’s guest post is from Amanda Sajczuk, one of our hard working Nutrition interns. You might remember Amanda from her previous guest blog post and her office workout video. She is the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Team Captain for the Pound for Pound Challenge at Meredith College, and has a passion for sharing fitness tips and healthy recipes through her personal blog. Her guest posts are just one of the many things that Amanda does to get the community involved and further the Challenge’s efforts! Eating small healthy snacks between meals will keep your metabolism going and also keep you from being too hungry by the time your meal comes which will help you to not over-eat. Keep in mind that a good snack shouldn’t be more than 150-200 calories, should contain a protein and 1 other food group, and you should try not to over-snack between meals.

Items to Have on Hand:

  • fruit
  • non-fat or low-fat yogurt
  • low-fat cottage cheese
  • almonds
  • low-fat granola
  • wheat germ
  • natural peanut butter

Mix and Match Ideas:

  • apple and peanut butter
  • fruit and cottage cheese
  • fruit, yogurt and wheat germ or granola
  • nuts and fruit

Things to Avoid:

  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • trans fat/partially hydrogenated oils
  • items with a lot of saturated fat
  • items with long ingredient lists (the shorter, the better!)

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