Wonder what Amy will have in terms of healthy suggestions for week three?
Meanwhile, while perusing the Dial Healthier You site, I noticed a few new articles that you can read, to
One, called “On-the-Go Snacking,” resonated especially with me, because I am always “on the go” and never seem to have time to sit down to a proper meal. By the time I get home and focus on lunch or dinner, I’m starving!
Amy suggests that a “snack” should be between 100-150 calories. She says where ever possible you should try to include a bit of protein, healthy fat and whole grains in the snack, so that it is balanced and provides satiation without causing your blood sugar to spike dramatically and then crash. This takes a bit of preparation, but it doesn’t take long to make a healthy trail mix by combining measured amounts of whole grain cereal, nuts and some dried fruit or fresh fruit in a snack-sized zip-lock bag. A piece of fresh fruit can be carried around. I like apples best because they don’ “squish.” Although I wouldn’t carry a whole grain waffle with a teaspoon of peanut butter and a few banana slices on it with me, Amy suggests that as a good snack for at home. Frankly, I’m not sure I could stop at just one! I didn’t love her idea of a small pepper filled with low-fat cottage cheese or 3 ounces of water packed tuna (I know I wouldn’t eat more than one of those), but a low-fat Greek yogurt (or plain, unsweetened yogurt) and some berries would be ok, and a half a whole grain English Muffin with melted low fat cheese and a bit of tomato sauce is what my mom used ot call an “English Muffin Pizza.” As a kid, I loved these. I admit that I am so lazy, I often just open a bag of 100 calorie “somethings” or pop a 100 calorie bag of popcorn. I know these are prepared foods, but at least you can carry them around and even though they may not be the healthiest choice, at least they’re not as bad as a candy bar or muffin or worse. And, it goes without saying that if you have one of these healthy snacks, you can’t go back for seconds, or thirds……at least not all at once!!
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