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Got the Munchies?  Here are some tips for healthy snacking to keep you on track and still having fun!

Keep fresh fruits, cut up vegetables, low-fat string cheese or nuts and seeds easily at hand to help you stay away from vending machines.

Avoid sodas, concentrated fruit juices and sports drink because most are loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. If you want a change from water - add fresh or frozen fruit to it.  Or, if you really want that fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, have a ½ cup serving mixed in with sparkling water…very refreshing!

Consider Greek yogurt or cottage cheese (low fat and no more than 10 grams of sugar per serving) in convenient travel containers to grab on the go.  Add a quarter cup fresh or dried fruit, nuts, jam or oatmeal for more texture

Try natural nut butters (cashew or almond) with vege sticks, apples or pear or your favorite Wasa Bread with raisins or figs.

Steer clear of cereal and fruit bars which are typically loaded with sugar and hardly any fiber and opt for dried fruits with nuts instead. An appropriate portion size is ¼ cup for one serving, or about the amount that fits in the tightly cupped palm of your hand.  

Pop corn is another great snack if you stay away from the microwave version with partially hydrogenated oils and salty flavorings. Try adding a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese or a bit of Cajun seasoning. Check out one of my favorite food blogs for a quick and easy microwave popcorn recipe.

Craving salty?  Try to avoid pretzels, crackers and chips that are often made with unhealthy fats and processed grains.  Instead, try baked potato chips, corn chips or chick pea and black bean chips.  Be adventurous and look for baked chips that have 3 to 5 grams of fiber per serving.  Purchase in pre-portioned packages or portion them out yourself at home.  Never eat from the bag!

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