A selection of healthy snacks pictured in the same-sized plate.
30g or ~1oz
40g or 1.4oz
Note: Dried fruits are more calorie dense (per weight) than fresh fruit - and are easier to overeat.
Note: Nicely prepackaged.
85g or 3oz
Note: Be wary of tuna in oil - many oils are vegetable oils (high in omega-6 rather than omega-3 EFA's).
Note: Find in bulk bins - often with different seasonings.
40g or 1.4oz hummus
Note: Buy celery pre-cut and pre-washed. Goes well with many other dips.
150g or 1 Cup
1 cracker or crispbread plus ~45g (1.5oz) cottage cheese (light)
Note: Choose completely whole grain crackers with minimal oil.
80g or 2.8oz
Some snacks may be low in calories, but lack in other essential nutrients.
What's more - some snacks do nothing to satisfy the appetite. What's the point in saving 20 calories just to be very hungry 15 minutes later? No vending machine will be safe from you...
3 square meals daily is fine for some, but for others snacking is where it's at - without a little pre-planning, most snacks will not be the best choices.
Snacking on the right choices is a great way to maintain even energy levels, manage hunger and prevent binge eating
Snacking is habit forming. Switch out bad food choices for good ones, and the trek to the vending machine will soon be history.