Snack Smarter

Snacking can be one of the hardest habits to kick when trying to get healthy.

But there are ways to incorporate snacking into your diet the right way.
Snack only when you’re actually hungry. Sometimes we get bored and our mind wanders – straight to the kitchen. If you’re thinking about snacking, ask yourself if you’re truly hungry or if you just need something to do.
Plan your snacks in advance. Having your snacks ready keeps you from making bad choices or resorting to the dreaded vending machine. Pack yourself washed and cut-up fruits and veggies, air-popped popcorn, or low-fat cheese to save yourself time and tough decisions.
Add variety. Eating a handful of almonds every day can get stale and tempt you to reach for a candy bar instead. Try mixing up your snacks. You can rotate fresh fruits and veggies based on what’s in season. Add in some snacks with whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins. Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit and veggies with hummus are delicious and healthy options.
Try this recipe for a snack you’ll savor – and you can customize it to your taste!

Healthy Trail Mix
Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 4-5 cups
The ingredients below can be customized to your taste. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and candy can be swapped out as desired.

Ingredients:

    ¾ cup raw pecans (toasted if desired)
    ¾ cup raw cashews (toasted if desired)
    ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
    ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
    ½ cup unsweetened cherries
    ½ cup unsweetened raisins
    ½ cup dark chocolate chunks
    ¼ tsp sea salt
    ½ tsp cinnamon
    Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well.
    2. Store in resealable bag or Mason jar. (Keeps for up to 1 month.)

Recipe adapted from: https://www.thehealthymaven.com/how-to-build-a-healthy-trail-mix/

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from: https://www.eatright.org/-/media/files/eatrightdocuments/nnm/smartsnackingforadultsandteens.pdf and https://www.thehealthymaven.com/how-to-build-a-healthy-trail-mix/