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The question: To snack or not to snack Snacking once or twice a day is OK. Leslie Beck in her book, "Ten Steps To Healthy Eating," states that how frequently or infrequently we nourish our bodies can have an impact on how much we eat, our energy levels and our overall health. Here are some great snack ideas from some of my favourite books.
Beck has a best and worst snack list in her book. Here's her "best" list: 3/4 cup of low fat yogurt with one serving of fruit; medium-sized low-fat skim or soy latte and one serving of fruit; 1/4 cup dried fruit and 2 tablespoons nuts; 1 slice whole-grain bread with 1 tbsp. nut butter or tahini; energy bar with 10-18 grams protein and no more than 200-250 calories (Elev8Me bar, Genisoy bar, SoyOne bar); whole-wheat or whole-rye crackers with 1 oz. low-fat cheese; homemade smoothie made with milk or soymilk, and your choice of fruit.
Here's what's on Beck's worst list: cookies, cakes and rich desserts; coffee and a chocolate bar; potato chips or tortilla chips; pretzels or baked potato chips; energy bars with less than 10 grams protein; bagels, bread or crackers; smoothie made from frozen yogurt.
Beck shares her "Grab A Snack Mix" recipe from her book: 1 cup whole-wheat cereal squares, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/3 cup broken banana chips, 1/4 cup quartered dried apricots and 2 tbsp. chopped toasted almonds. In a glass bowl, mix together cereal squares, raisins, banana chips, dried apricots and almonds. This mix can be covered with plastic wrap or transferred to resealable plastic bag for up to two weeks.
Bob Green in his book "The Best Life Diet" suggests the following as healthy snack choices: 1 oz. whole grain pretzels with mustard; 1 cup red pepper strips or celery sticks with 1/3 cup hummus; 3/4 cup carrots with 3 tbsp. of low-fat ranch dressing; 3/4 cup edamame; 1 cup pineapple with 1-2 tbsp. of heart-healthy nuts; 2-3 tbsp. of peanuts, almonds, walnuts or cashews; trail mix made with 1/4 cup Multi-Bran Chex, 2 tbsp. of nuts, 1-1/2 tbsp. of raisins or other dried fruit; maple nut yogurt made with 1 tsp. maple syrup and 1 tbsp. walnut pieces stirred into 6 oz. of low-fat plain yogurt; 12 oz. skim milk latte and 8 almonds; 1 oz. low-fat cheese on 1/2 oz. whole grain cracks; 3/4 cup mixed berries with 3/4 cup low-fat yogurt and 1 tsp. of honey.
Sherry Kwasnicki shares these snack ideas in her book; "Go For It, The Winning Way To Fat Loss:" Low-fat yogurt and fruit; raw vegetables and yogurt dip; fruit and yogurt dip; glass of juice or milk; hard-boiled egg; low-fat crackers and cheese; couple of fig bars.
Nancy Clarke's Sports Nutrition Guide book suggests the following as a good list for snacks for athletes: dry cereal mixed with raisins, dried fruits or cinnamon; instant oatmeal sprinkled with raisins and chopped nuts; popcorn, plain or sprinkled with spices like chili powder, garlic powder or onion powder; reduced fat or fat-free muffins, whole grain bagels, any fruit; smoothies make with milk or juice, fresh or frozen fruit, and wheat germ or flax meal; frozen fruit bars; plain yogurt flavoured with vanilla, honey, cinnamon, instant decaffeinated coffee, applesauce, fruit cocktail or berries; nuts and seeds; sandwiches.
Clare shares her "Peanutty Energy Bar" recipe with her readers: 1/2 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts, 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels or use more peanuts or other nuts; 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit; 2 cups uncooked oatmeal, old-fashioned or instant; 2 cups toasted rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies; 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunch or creamy; 1/2 cup packed brown sugar; 1/2 cup light corn syrup; 1 tsp. vanilla; optional 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ. In a bowl, mix together the peanut, sunflower seeds, raisins, oatmeal and toasted rice cereal. In a medium microwavable bowl, combine the peanut butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for two minutes. Add vanilla and stir until blended. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until coated. For squares, spoon the mixture into an 8x8-inch pan coated with cooking spray; for bars spoon it into a 9x13-inch pan. Press down firmly. Let stand for about an hour, then cut into squares or bars
Okay, how many times has this happened to you. You go to work or school and forget your lunch or afternoon snack and you are faced with getting something from a vending machine.... Well, then this post has you in mind. This page has the best snack choices from that dreaded vending machine so that it doesn't screw up your diet. Also, on this page are the new photos of Victoria Secret Hottie Alessandra Ambrosio who kinda reminds me of old school supermodel Cindy Crawford in these photos, and on this page Vanessa Hudgins new poster, Aishwarya Rai and Kate Winslet and many more celebrity photos on this page, also a quick recipe for a yummy lowfat treat, click here.