Friday, October 24, 2008

Weekly Tip

Healthy snacking is a great way to maintain energy levels throughout the day and decrease the chance of “binge eating” at the next meal (snacking is “good” not “bad” activity – as long as it is done in a healthy manner). Keep a variety of bite-sized munchies available at all times for quick on-the-go snacks for the whole family. One thing to keep in mind is a combination of protein and a small amount of carbohydrate help balance hunger and keeps blood sugar steady. Here are some snack ideas which meet this criterion:

· Hard boiled eggs & whole wheat toast
· Pear and string cheese
· Smoothies (choose small size)
· Mixed nuts and dried fruit
· Chips & salsa
· Soup and crackers
· Carrots and hummus
· Toast with almond butter
· Instant oatmeal with added flaxseed, raisins, walnuts
· Apple and peanut butter
· Whole wheat crackers and cheese
· Non-fat yogurt with granola
· Low-fat chocolate milk and graham crackers with peanut butter
· LUNA or LUNA Sunrise bars for mom
· Clif Kid ZBaRs or Twisted Fruit for the kids

As moms know all too well, kids love to interact with their food! So, give them some dipping options like cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks in hummus, celery sticks in peanut butter. They’ll have fun and eat at healthy snack at the same time!

Fitness Tip: Go for a family walk/stroll after dinner.

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