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Healthier Snack Alternatives

Throughout the day, you find yourself feeling a little twinge of hunger before dinner.  When you’re dieting, it’s important to make sure you address your snacks.  Snacks can cost you a lot of unnecessary calories but with some smart choices you an stay on your program and feel satisfied.


Here are some alternatives to the high-calorie, high-fat options you may have been eating:


Instead of…                                                   Try…


Potato chips                                                    Baked chips, popcorn, rice cakes, veggies

Candy bar                                                        Raisins, nuts, and other dried fruit

Regular soda                                                   Diet soda or flavored water

Cookies                                                           Small square of dark chocolate

Sugary cereal                                                  Whole grain cereal

Milkshake                                                       Protein shake

Cake                                                                Piece of fruit


In general, you should try to eat natural foods for your snacks instead of processed foods that contain extra calories, fat, and preservatives.  Snacks that are high in protein and/or fiber also make good choices.


Avoid snacks that may appear to be healthy, but really contain a lot of sugar.  For example, many granola bars are full of fat, sugar, and preservatives.  They may look healthy, but really they’re not the best choice.


You should also watch out for products such as fat-free cookies and cakes.  Even though they don’t contain fat, they still contain plenty of calories.  In fact many fat-free products contain more sugar than their fat containing counterparts.


If you really want to have a treat, it’s better to try having a smaller portion of something you really like.  For example, instead of eating a full-size candy bar, try having a fun size bar.  It will still provide the same flavor you’re craving, but it won’t have the same number of calories.