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Healthy Afternoon Snacks

Notice, the title of this post refers to AFTERNOON snacks.  I did this on purpose, because the afternoon snack is crucial to healthy eating. By snacking in the afternoon between lunch and dinner, you will more than likely end up taking in fewer calories by the end of the day.

Here’s the nutrition reasoning:  normal blood sugar typically falls after 4 hours without eating (for some it may be 3 hours and others it may be 5 hours).  Do you ever get the mid afternoon blues or fatigue?  That’s probably because your blood sugar is low.  Most people go much longer between eating lunch and dinner compared to breakfast and lunch.  If you don’t snack between lunch and dinner, chances are you are STARVING for dinner, in fact, the first thing you may do when you walk in the door in the afternoon, is head straight to the frig/pantry and start inhaling whatever you can get your hands on.   You want to be “hungry” for dinner, not “starving or ravenous” – if you are starving for dinner, chances are you will probably overeat.

To help beat the afternoon fatigue and the ravenous hunger before dinner, you want to choose a nutrient dense snack.  So what is a “nutrient dense” snack?  It’s a snack that contains a protein and a carbohydrate OR a protein and a healthy fat.  The protein or healthy fat will keep you full and delay the absorption of carbohydrate into your blood stream plus the carbohydrate will give you a boost of energy.

So here are my top 10 AFTERNOON snacks that I recommend to my patients (in no particular order, because I don’t choose favorites and please only choose one per snack – not all 10!!).

Whole grain crackers (look for the work “whole” as the first ingredient – like Triscuit Thin Crisps) + a cheese stick (any kind)
Greek yogurt cup + handful of granola (like KIND Healthy Grains)
Apple with 2 tbs. of peanut butter
Banana with 2 tbs. of peanut butter
Cheese stick and a piece of fruit
½ cup of cottage cheese and fruit
2-3 tbs. of hummus and serving of crackers or raw vegetables
1/3 cup of nuts (any kind) and a piece of fruit
A mug size of whole grain cereal with milk
Wholly guacamole pack (single serve) with a handful of whole grain corn chips or crackers



Midday Munchies

It’s 3 p.m. and you’re hungry, again. Skip the vending machine and reach for a tasty, nutritious snack that won’t sabotage your stay-slim plans. We consulted Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater’s Diet, to help us on the path to smarter snacking.


Raise the Bar

Some granola bars have as much sugar as a candy bar, not to mention a long list of processed ingredients. Kashi’s TLC Chewy and Crunchy Granola Bars keep it simple. Made from healthy, basic ingredients, they offer 4 grams of fiber, 5 to 7 grams of protein, and are low in sugar. Visit Kashi.com for more information.

Go Nuts

Almonds are pretty much the perfect snack. They’re packed with protein and healthy fat to ward off hunger, and studies have shown that eating them may help prevent diabetes, heart disease and more. Unfortunately, nuts are easy to overeat—and the calories and fat can really add up. Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds 100 Calorie Packs are a smart pick for keeping portion size in check while nibbling nuts on the go. Visit BlueDiamond.com for more information.

A Better Butter

Peanut butter isn’t just kid’s stuff. It gives you protein, vitamin E and iron, but the regular kind often has trans fats or palm oil, which isn’t so great for your heart. Instead, reach for the natural kind (the ingredients list should consist mainly of peanuts and maybe salt). Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter, which comes in conveniently portioned squeeze packs, fits the bill perfectly. Be sure to check out their almond and hazelnut butters, too! Visit JustinsNutButter.com for more information

Guac That Rocks

Wholly Guacamole is made with simple, tasty ingredients: just avocado (healthy fat and fiber!), jalapeño purée, onion, salt and garlic. Stash a tub in your fridge, or try the 100 Calorie Snack Packs. Visit EatWholly.com for more information.




Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos
Healthy Afternoon Snacks Healthy Snacks for Kids for Work for School for Weight Loss Tumblr for Kids at Scool Recipes for Teenagers Photos        




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