What is a healthy snack?
Look for lower in fat and nutrient packed! Check the ingredient and nutrition facts panel. Look for snacks that are lower in fat, sugar, and overall calories. Don't rely on highly processed foods to supply the majority of your snacks. The most nutritious and satisfying snacks will be those that include foods from at least two food groups. Choosing a snack that contains a source of protein and carbohydrate is best. The carbohydrate will supply you with quick energy and the protein will provide you with a longer lasting energy that will keep you feeling full. Try apples and peanut butter or yogurt and granola, there are endless possibilities.
Amanda Stevens, Dietetic Intern, University of Missouri-Columbia
Candance Gabel, M.S. R.D., Assistant Program Director, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Monday, December 08, 2008