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Healthy Choices for that Quick Afternoon Snack
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health

The middle of the afternoon often becomes the "I wish I could take a nap time", and the most likely reason is that your body needs some energy.

Spacing meals three to four hours apart makes it easier to stay energized throughout the day; an afternoon snack is often the key to making it through. Instead of heading for the vending machine, the candy jar or whatever high calorie/low nutrition snack is available, try some of these snack ideas:

  • Microwaved low-fat popcorn

  • Saltine or whole wheat crackers with peanut butter

  • Fresh fruits, either plain or with cheese

  • One half of a whole wheat bagel topped with peanut butter or hummus

  • One cup of low-fat yogurt with two tablespoons whole grain cereal

  • Carrot and pepper strips with low-fat salad dressing

  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds

  • Mixed nuts and dried fruit

  • Fresh fruit yogurt smoothie

Remember, snacking from a bag or box almost always results in overeating. Keep snack portions small by placing the food on a plate or napkin and eating slowly.


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