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First: Munchies that crunch. So we’re talking about:

Apples and pears
Carrot and celery sticks
Bell pepper slices
Zucchini or cucumber circles (Sounds fancy, huh?)
Roasted chickpeas
Broccoli and cauliflower florets
Popcorn (It’s a whole grain! Who knew?)
Rice cakes and whole-grain crackers
Nuts and seeds (Hit those good fats!)


Second: Rethink your drink. Ditch your high-sugar go-to and try:

Plain or sparkling water (Not glam enough? Add some fruit and herbs to it!)
Fat-free milk or plain soymilk
Unsweetened tea or coffee
100% fruit juice (Stick to a small glass)
Low-sodium tomato or mixed vegetable juice


Third: Snacks that satisfy. Guaranteed to fill you right up:

Whole-grain toast with peanut or almond butter
Cherry tomatoes with hummus
Low-fat or fat-free cheese
Plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt (An awesome pairing with fruit!)
Fruit and veggie smoothie
Whole-grain crackers with canned tuna or salmon


And finally: Snacks to curb your sweet tooth. Give these a try:

Canned fruit (in natural juice or light syrup)
Thin slice of angel food cake or homemade banana-nut bread
Baked apple
Raisins, dates, figs and other unsweetened dried fruits
Frozen banana
Frozen grapes
Fresh fruit salad (Use your imagination and get creative when choosing fruits)


Check out the nutrition label and choose wisely when shopping. Watch for added sugars and salt, and try making healthier versions of packaged snacks at home so you can choose the ingredients.

Chipolte Chicken Bowles

Taken from: American Heart Association

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