Smart Snacking

by Amanda Lanum 

This week on 13 News This Morning, registered dietitian Lisa Drayer showed us how to select better-for-you snacks that are still quick and easy to put together. Here are some of her favorite tips:

 

·         Choose a snack with protein or healthy fat in addition to carbs. For example, a non-fat Greek yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, an apple with peanut butter, or even a half of a turkey sandwich. The nutrients in these snacks will give you sustained energy.
·         Snack every 3-4 hours. This keeps metabolism running at full speed.
·         If you're watching your weight, limit snacks to 100-200 calories. This will help you keep your daily calorie budget in check.
·         Allow yourself a sweet treat or indulgence once per day, but make sure to watch the calories. Some great low-calorie treats include a low-fat ice cream cone, a couple of low-fat cookies, or even a glass of wine.
·         When you’re on-the-go: keep nutritious, energy packed snacks close at hand - in your purse, in the car and in the desk drawer.

The next time you hit the grocery store, make sure you visit the frozen foods aisle. It can be a great place to select snacks that are low in calories but high in taste!

Thanks Lisa!

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