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Ready, Set, Snack Attack!

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Ready, Set, Snack Attack!

It’s 3 p.m. and you are hungry. Do you know where your healthy snack is? Here are 5 tips to help you reach for healthier snacks. 

  1. Planning is key. We all know that planning ahead helps keep your eating habits on a healthy path, and this applies to snacks as well. If you plan for a healthy snack or two during the day, you’re less likely to cave in and reach for something that isn’t as healthy.
  2. Be ready when the snack attack hits. Stock your office kitchen with whole grain cereals and milk, keep a small container of nuts in your car, keep a granola bar in your purse and, of course, make sure you keep a variety of healthy snack choices at home for your family to choose from. By making sure healthy food is available for you whenever you need it, you’re setting yourself up for success.
  3. Keep it interesting by varying your snacking menu daily. Don`t stick to the same old same old. Try different veggies with hummus, try a new kind of whole grain cereal, mix your cereal with yogurt and fruit, try different unsalted nuts and dried fruits, or enjoy a smoothie made with chocolate milk and fruit. There are lots of great healthy choices just waiting to be discovered!
  4. Stop eating when you’re full. One of the proven benefits of snacking is that it helps prevent overeating at mealtime. Listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues: eat only when you are hungry, and stop eating when you are full – it’s okay if you have food left on your plate.
  5. Eat breakfast. Research indicates that people who skip breakfast tend to overeat later in the day and snack on higher-calorie foods with little nutritional value. Making sure you get a good breakfast in will help you to snack more wisely throughout your day.

Power snack ideas

  • Shape it up! Use cookie cutters to cut vegetables and cheese into fun shapes.
  • Fruit-filled-fun: Dip various pieces of fruit in yogurt or peanut butter and serve with a glass of cold milk.
  • Perfect parfait: Top plain or vanilla flavoured yogurt with a handful of whole grain cereal, fresh fruit and a sprinkling of your favourite nuts.
  • Nutty-banana roll-ups: Roll a small banana in a peanut butter covered whole wheat tortilla. Slice into 1-inch long rolls and serve with milk.
  • Parmesan Popcorn: For a bit of flair, sprinkle air-popped popcorn with Parmesan cheese.
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