| Womack Army Medical Center
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When choosing a snack — whether it is to curb appetite or stabilize blood sugars, to increase nutrition in your diet or because you want a snack on the run — the following are ways to optimize the snack you choose and ensure easy availability.
Go for a small piece of fresh fruit or a cup of cut-up raw veggies, as this will be low in calories and high in fiber.
Have appropriate portion sizes available and already packed into a Tupperware or snack bag. Conveniences like these can help prevent overeating before your next meal.
Have a snack that contains protein or healthy fats, as these will provide satiety, instead of consuming something high in added sugar.
Avoid convenient snacks that are high in sodium, fat or sugar.
Have fun with snacking and mix it up!
Here are just a few ideas:
• A low-fat mozzarella stick
• 1 cup of baby carrots and 1 ounce of hummus
• A small handful of nuts or dried fruit (or make your own trail mix)
• A slice of whole-grain toast with avocado or 2 tablespoons of sunflower or nut butter
• 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with fruit
• A boiled egg
• Homemade granola (Pinterest has many recipes)
• A glass of low-fat milk
• 1 ounce of pretzels
• 2 cups of popcorn (not the movie butter kind)
• A protein shake under 200 calories
• 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of granola
Jennifer Joyner, RDN, LDN, is a registered dietitian at the Womack Army Medical Center Nutrition Clinic. Our team of registered dietitians is here to help meet your nutrition needs. Our services include nutrition briefings, nutrition education and counseling for weight management, performance nutrition, high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, food allergies, pregnancy nutrition and more. Individual appointments are only available to Tricare beneficiaries. Call 910-907-3438 for more information.