Snacking tips for school and work

Apply these snack tips to your weekly routine and notice a difference.

Packing our own lunches and snacks from home not only saves money, but also has many health benefits. Brown bagging it can reduce fat, calories and sodium, contributing to overall health. Some suggestions are choosing foods with higher amounts of nutrients, such as fiber, protein, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. Avoid or reduce foods with saturated fat, sodium and added sugar. One way to accomplish this is to include whole foods – reduce processed, calorie dense and fast foods.

Michigan State University Extension suggests incorporating the following healthy snack tips into your lifestyle:

  • Make your own “lunchable” with assorted cheese and whole wheat crackers.
  • Wrap lean meat and assorted vegetables into a whole grain tortilla.
  • Nuts or trail mix adds fiber, protein and healthy fats.
  • Go for yogurt – add honey, fresh or frozen fruits.
  • Popcorn – popped in an air popper or on the stove with a little olive oil.

Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily requirements that may be missed during meal times. Adults and children need snacks that will provide energy to get them through the day. Plan ahead when grocery shopping to include buying simple, easy snacks; pre-portion snacks into small plastic bags to grab on the go. For more ideas on for healthy eating and snacking visit www.msue.msu.edu.

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