I am a big fan of snacking. And evidently I am not alone. According to the USDA, 90% of adults snack between meals. Snacking often has a negative connotation because of what we normally think of as “snack food,” low-nutrient, high-calorie processed food like chips, candy and cookies. Of course, there is a right way and a wrong way to snack. Snacking on the right kind of healthy food can actually help you keep weight off. The trick to snacking smart is to plan nutrient-rich snacks, whether you’re at home or the office. Think of snacks not as treats, but as mini-meals.

According to nutritionist Keri Glassman in the article “Snack Your Way to Better Health” in Family Circle, in order to snack smart and prevent overeating, it’s important to make sure you are really hungry and not eating due to emotions. Be sure to note the time when you feel hungry between meals. You’ll likely notice that you get hungry at the same time every day. Glassman also recommends always having something to drink, like a glass of water or a cup of tea, with your snack and to plate your food, rather than eating out of a bag or box. She also suggests that you choose snacks wisely for the greatest nutritional benefit. For example, try combining fruits and nuts, which is good for brain health as an antioxidant and inflammation-fighting one-two punch.

Here are a few of my favorite healthy snack ideas from Cooking Light.

Hummus with Carrot: Hummus is made from chickpeas, a great source of soluble fiber

Edamame: Folate-rich foods like edamame may help to even out your mood.

Bagel with Peanut Butter: If you crave carbs, be sure to pick quality carbs like whole grains with fiber.

Yogurt with Fruit: Eating a snack with protein can help curb hunger, so you consume less daily calories.

Popcorn: It has a lot of bulk for its calories so it helps fill you up. 3 ½ cups counts as one serving of the 3 recommended daily servings of whole grains.

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