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:
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.
- 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