May 28, 2024

Figure Friendly Snack Ideas by Helen Agresti, R.D.

Snacking can either slim down or inflate our waistlines.  Portion control, timing and composition of snacks are essential.  Snacks should be between 100-200 calories. Consistency is key.  Try to eat your healthy snack within the same hour every day.  If you need fuel after a vigorous workout, be sure to eat within 20-40 minutes in order to prevent the break down of lean body mass.  Choose foods that contain protein, fiber and carbohydrates.  Eating well-balanced snacks will ensure our waistlines stay slim and trim!

Figure Friendly Snack ideas:

If you’re in need of some crunch…Sugar Snap Peas are the perfect substitute for chips and a lot more nutritious. They’re rich in iron, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6. Pair them with hummus or enjoy them solo.

Toasted whole grain Flatbread and Chipotle Hummus.  It’s a great source of protein and fiber. Adding a little “heat” to snacks helps ignite the metabolism.

Part skim Ricotta Cheese on a slice of whole grain Toast sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and berries. This is a fun and easy snack to make with kids.  They love to spread, sprinkle and build.

Lightly salted Pistachios travel well.  They’re a wonderful source of B vitamins, protein and fiber.  Most importantly, they’re known for melting away belly fat.

Apple slices wrapped in thin layers of Provolone Cheese offer a sweet and salty taste.  It’s a great afterschool snack that provides vitamin C, protein, and fiber.

Healthy and Happy Snacking!

Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children.  For more Nutrition advice and healthy recipes follow her on twitter @HelenAgresti  and on the web

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