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Smarter snack ideas

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Healthier eating doesn’t mean that you have to cut out fun foods. Here are some snacks to keep your body and your mouth happy:

  • Baked potato chips or tortilla chips with salsa
  • Pretzels (lightly salted or unsalted)
  • Mini-bagels with tomato sauce and low-fat cheese (low-fat version of a pizza)
  • Whole grain flavored rice cakes (like caramel or apple cinnamon)
  • Air-popped popcorn (without added butter)
  • Veggies with low-fat or fat-free dip
  • Low-fat cottage cheese topped with fruit or spread on whole-wheat crackers
  • Low-fat frozen yogurt
  • Milk shakes made with skim milk, 100% orange or pineapple juice, and sliced bananas or strawberries
  • Frozen fruit bars (without added sugar)
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Baked or microwaved apple slices topped with cinnamon
  • Frozen chunks of melons, bananas, or other fruit

Check out more snack ideas.

Remember, healthy snacking also involves knowing how much to eat. In recent years, Americans have been eating larger and larger servings. Look at some portion distortion info on how foods have grown in the past 20 years.


Content last reviewed November 05, 2013
Page last updated January 14, 2014