Healthy Summer Snacks

Image CaptionAs the summer months rapidly approach, a whole new set of dietary pitfalls come into play.
 
Elmwood Fitness Center nutritionist Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD said the typical “light summer snack” can derail an otherwise healthy diet.

“Snacking can be really good or bad,” Kimball said.  “I really encourage my clients to eat frequently because every time you’re eating, you’re increasing your metabolism—whether it’s kids or adults.  Snacking can prevent you from getting too hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat later.  However, excess snacking on the wrong types of foods can pack on the pounds.”

Seemingly "light" snacks like crackers, pretzels, graham crackers and Goldfish are all made with white flour and are very easy to overeat, Kimball said.

While they may be tasty, these snacks have little nutritional value and can have a negative impact on a dietary routine.

Kimball recommends healthier whole grain snacks and plain Greek yogurt for between-meal cravings.

“Things like fresh fruit and string cheese are easy, go to things,” she said.  “Granola bars are sort of a pseudo healthy snack option because they tend to be really high in sugar.”

Kimball said the most important part is to retain your normal dietary schedule even if you are on vacation or at the beach for the day.

“Just because its summer doesn’t mean you can abandon your schedule,” she said.

For more information on healthy eating, visit choose-healthy.org.

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great tips; enjoyed the info.

By Connie H. on May 19, 2010 - 7:19

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