Malena Perdomo, a dietitian and nutritionist who teaches classes in the community and at Metropolitan State University and writes about nutrition, shared her tips to healthy snacking:
- Choose nutritious snacks - Fruits and vegetables are easy and nutritious. Make a delicious dip for your carrots, snow peas, broccoli and cherry tomatoes. Serve these with salsa, hummus, veggie dip or a homemade dip made of Greek yogurt. All these dips are low in fat and packed with flavor.
- Make substitutions - Go for snacks that are lower in fat, sodium and sugar. If you like salty snacks or crave salt you can find or make healthier versions. For example, replace microwave popcorn for air popped or stove-top version made with a small amount of oil. A little bit of salt and butter goes a long way, season to your taste.
- Keep snacks handy - Use small Ziploc bags and small containers to carry your snacks to work. Don’t let hunger surprise you in the middle of the day. Planning your meals and snacks is a healthy habit.
- Control the calories - Fruits and vegetables are low in calories. For store bought snacks read food labels and make sure you are staying within your calorie limit. Keep snacks under 150 or 200 calories if you are watching your weight.
- Drink water - It is easy to grab something and not take into account that you might be thirsty. Stay hydrated with water, tea or unsweetened iced tea. If you don’t like water, squeeze a wedge of lemon, add herbs such as mint, or add a splash of juice.