10 Easy Snacks

From EverydayHealth.com:

1. Up your dairy and fiber intake by mixing a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat, Greek-style yogurt with 1/2 cup of berries and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, says Lanah J. Brennan, RD, a registered dietitian in Lafayette, La., and a nutrition blogger.

 2. Make your own trail mix. Start with raw almonds, chopped walnuts, and pistachios — look for nuts without added salt or oil. Then add raisins or dried blueberries and cranberries; again, be sure to look for those without added sugar.

 3. Mix 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of no-sugar-added applesauce and sprinkle with cinnamon for a tasty dairy and fruit combination.

 4. Dip sliced cucumbers, radishes, and grape tomatoes in hummus. You can substitute raw carrots or any other favorite vegetable for a great high-fiber snack.

 5. One of the best healthy snacks is popcorn, says Johnston. It’s low in calories and provides good dietary fiber. For variety, try spraying popcorn with low-fat, olive oil-based cooking spray instead of adding butter.

 6. An old snack favorite that combines dairy, vegetables, and protein is “bugs on a log.” Spread peanut butter on a celery stick and then sprinkle with raisins or dried cranberries for a nutritious mini-meal.

 7. Another quick and healthy snack is a half sandwich. Use whole-wheat bread and layer on some lean meat such as turkey for protein, a slice of cheese for dairy, and lettuce and tomato for vegetables.

 8. For a snack you can carry in your pocket, a bag of toasted almonds can give you a quick boost that is loaded with protein, healthy fat, and fiber, advises Joan Salge Blake, MS, a registered dietitian and clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University.

 9. Healthy snacks can come from the freezer aisle, too. Frozen cubes of mango make a delicious snack. “Tropical fruit doesn’t have to be just for vacation,” says Blake. Frozen grapes and banana chunks are tasty, too.

 10. Salsa is a great vegetable snack. One-half cup of salsa equals one vegetable serving. For a tasty salsa dipper, try whole-grain crackers.

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What Foods To Absolutely Avoid?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: What are the absolute worst foods – those we should avoid at all costs?

A:  Wow — there are so many that fit the bill! Here are a few of them, along with some healthier alternatives:Stick margarine. This is probably my all-time least favorite food because it’s loaded with trans fat — the kind that increases bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and raises the risk of blood clots. And at 100 calories per tablespoon, this heartbreaker isn’t doing your waistline any good, either. As an alternative to stick margarine, you might use a “soft tub” variety of one of the reduced-calorie, trans fat–free brands.

Soda. One hundred percent of the calories in regular soda come from sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Not only are such empty calories fueling our nation’s obesity epidemic, but they’re doing a number on our teeth. You see, when the bacteria naturally present in our mouths are exposed to sugar, enamel-eroding acid is produced and the risk of cavities increases. To make matters worse, most soft drinks (including the sugar-free kinds) contain added phosphoric and citric acids. Instead of using soft drinks to quench your thirst, try good old-fashioned water or naturally flavored seltzer.

High-mercury fish. Fish is a great source of lean protein and healthy fats, but certain species are also laden with mercury. This heavy metal has been linked to numerous neurological problems and is especially toxic to fetuses, infants, and growing children. To reduce your risk of exposure to mercury, do not eat swordfish, tilefish, shark, or king mackerel. Young children, women of childbearing age, pregnant women, and nursing moms should also limit their intake of albacore (white) tuna to no more than 6 ounces per week. If you can’t live without tuna, switch to canned chunk light tuna, which is lower in mercury. Better yet, try fresh or canned sardines or wild salmon; both are low in mercury and rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

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