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Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks

Snack foods don’t have to be junk foods! In fact, eating small snacks between meals two or three times daily has been shown to help prevent overeating, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and boost energy throughout the day. So before hunger attacks, have a snack.

It’s Greek to Me


Greek yogurt is one of the newest and most popular food trends on the market — and for good reason. Because of how it is made, greek yogurt has double the protein content of regular yogurt. This helps you feel fuller longer, and it helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. With Chobani™ greek yogurt, you can choose from a variety of flavors including pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, peach, honey or plain. Chobani™ never uses artificial sweeteners, only natural ingredients. This snack food can also be a great breakfast food or ingredient in countless recipes ... An A+ choice for sure!

Whole Grain Goodness


Snack time or movie time, popcorn’s got the crunch to satisfy your munch. But did you know that popcorn is a whole grain too? That’s right! You get one whole-grain serving for every three cups of popped corn. And in light of the USDA’s recommendation that half of your grains are whole grains, this is a snack you can feel good about. Reach for Orville Redenbacher’s® Smart Pop!®— it’s 94 percent fat free. For natural popcorn that’s naturally delicious, also try Orville Redenbacher’s® line of Natural microwave popcorn.


Protein Power


A snack is best balanced when it contains a little bit of protein and a little bit of carbohydrate. This is the formula for keeping your energy high and blood sugar stable. Enter Bumble Bee® Canned Chicken Breast, an excellent source of lean protein. Use to make your favorite chicken salad recipe, and substitute reduced fat mayo in place of regular mayo for a low-fat, high-protein dish. Have a scoop with a handful of wheat crackers for a mid-afternoon snack that will carry you to dinner time.


Juiced Up


If you can’t eat your fruits or veggies, then turn up your glass instead. V8 V-Fusion® is a breakthrough juice that gives you one full serving of vegetables plus one serving of
fruits in every eight-ounce serving. It is 100% juice and contains no added sugar. V8 V-Fusion® also contains powerful antioxidants vitamin A, C, and E.

Going Green
For a chip that has 18g of whole grains per one-ounce serving, and 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips, Sunchips® is the pick. On top of their better-for-you snack
status, Sunchips® is also making strides to be more ecofriendly with their new fully compostable packaging. For more information on Sunchips®, and on how to start your own backyard composter, check out www.sunchips.com.


Cool & Sweet


It’s not summertime without ice cream treats! Hats off to Breyers® for creating a new line of reduced fat ice cream novelties, their Smooth and Dreamy™ Bars and Sandwiches. These goodies clock in at 160 calories or less and 4 grams of fat per serving — not bad! Which one will you try first, the Chocolate Caramel Brownie Sandwich or the Vanilla Fudge Brownie Sandwich? There’s also the Triple Chocolate Chip bar or a Vanilla Caramel Chip bar to choose from when your sweet tooth is kickin’… decisions, decisions!

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Printed on July 31, 2014 at 3:24 am