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Healthy Snacking – Ideas for you and your family

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Five Healthy Snacking Ideas veggie chips If you’re trying to eat healthier or lose weight, we have a few ideas for you on the snack front. Snacking is normal, it’s hard not to snack a little bit throughout the day, but make sure you’re choosing healthy snacks instead of items that are bad for you. Snacks should generally be a combination of a protein, healthy fat and fiber. Though, they should not be a substitute for a meal. The key is to make sure you’re snacking smartly. Snacks should be a combination of a protein, healthy fat and fiber. You don't need to be a calorie counter, but it’s important to note — so your snacks don’t become meals — that they should be kept to approximately 150-200 calories. Seven Healthy snack ideas include:   1. Roasted Artichoke Hearts Artichoke hearts are ridiculously easy to make (see simple recipe here), They satisfy that crunchy craving while providing fiber and beneficial nutrients such as anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that are great for your overall health. The fiber will help you feel fuller longer and feed those beneficial bacteria in your gut.   2. Beetroot Dip   A combo of greek yogurt and beets is the base for this dip (see beetroot dip recipe here). It is loaded with protein, which helps keep your hunger at bay by providing satiety and boosts your metabolism too. Plus, the beets offer beneficial nutrients such as B vitamins, iron and magnesium. Feel free to load up on the raw veggies, but keep the dipping to a few tablespoons. If beets aren’t your thing, you can simply grab your favorite Greek yogurt and top it with berries, sliced almonds or coconut flakes instead.   3. Rosemary Spiced Nuts Rosemary spiced nuts (see the spiced nut recipe here) are nutrient powerhouses packed with protein, fat and fiber, all which help to curb cravings so you don’t overeat at your next meal. They are also  a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants such as vitamin E. Grab a small handful next time you’re hungry or give these rosemary spiced nuts a try. Adding herbs such as rosemary will make your snacks feel extra satisfying.   4, Apple Fries and Dip These may not be the real  fries you are used to, but they are just as tasty (see Apple fries recipe here). The apple slices are high in disease-fighting antioxidants and flavonoids, while the peanut butter and Greek yogurt dip packs in healthy fats and protein. For an extra flavorful and nutritious boost, sprinkle cinnamon to help control blood-sugar levels and keep your metabolism in check. Use a medium-size apple and 1-2 tablespoons for each dipping session.   5. Veggie Chips Baking your favorite veggies make for great snacks. Make veggie chips (such as these  kale chips or roasted beet chip recipes) to create the perfect salty, crunchy snack without all the processing and additives that come with packaged chips. Munch on these nutritious, tasty chips (approximately 1 cup) for a simple way to sneak in some extra veggies and keep you fueled all day long.   These are a start, but make sure to ask your doctor for additional help with your weight loss or diet goals.

Learn to Eat Healthy!

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Fruit-Vegetables-Healthy-Food Tempting cravings come when you least expect them. Keeping the food cravings down and eating healthy food will keep you on track with your health and weight loss goals. By eating more nutritious foods, you are on the right path to a healthier and more balanced life for both you and your family. Below are a few tips to keep you on the right track:  
Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.  On average, only 20% of high school students in our country are eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. You might be like many families who don’t have easy access to stores that carry the produce your family needs. And even if you do have access to fresh produce, it’s another challenge to get your family to eat enough fruits and vegetables to feel as full as they would from eating a meal from a fast food restaurant. It takes planning and trial and error to increase the fresh fruits and veggies your family eats, but you will see many benefits over time.
Eat Non-Processed, Real Food. As you may know, childhood obesity rates have been increasing steadily over the past 30 years. During these same 30 years, our country has seen a rise in the amount of calories our kids are consuming in the form of fast food, food from convenience stores, and the many other snacks our children eat outside the home. It’s more commonly called junk food. And we have the opportunity to lower the amount of junk food our families are eating by increasing the amount of healthful, homemade meals and healthy snacks they consume. Get Rid of the Liquid Calories. In this country, we are drinking more sugar-filled beverages than ever before. And this trend has hit hardest with our kids. Sugar-sweetened beverages are now the largest source of added sugar in the diets of our nation’s youth. But the good news is that most of these sugar-filled beverages are consumed at home, so we as parents, as caregivers, as big brothers and sisters, can have a direct impact on decreasing the amount of empty calories our families are consuming from these sweet drinks. For more eating healthy tips, talk to your physician about how you can stay on track and not give in to your cravings.