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Snacking is a great way to keep your metabolism running, and to prevent overeating at mealtime. Here are a few ideas for healthy snacks from Megan Moore, R.D., dietitian at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.
Cashews and pistachios: A handful of cashews or pistachios will provide protein, and help suppress your appetite until meal time. Nuts are also a great source of monounsaturated fats, which help keep your heart healthy.
Sliced strawberries: Sometimes when we’re hungry it’s tempting to grab a handful of M&Ms. If you’re craving sweets, satisfy your craving with a few sliced strawberries. Strawberries are low in calories and high in antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer and heart disease.
Low-fat mozzarella string cheese: Some people try to avoid cheese when eating healthy or trying to lose weight, but cheese is a good source of calcium and protein and is low in carbohydrates. Choose a low-fat cheese and eat in moderation.
Pineapple slices: Instead of grabbing the usual apple or orange, venture for a pineapple instead. Just one cup of pineapple contains all the Vitamin C you need for a day and some research shows that pineapple can help improve digestion. Pineapples are also a great source of antioxidants.
Raisins: Raisins and other dried fruits are easy snacks to pack for work or a busy day out. Plus, raisins have many health benefits, including constipation relief, weight gain prevention and improved bone health. Try throwing a few raisins in your next salad or dessert.
Cherries: New research shows that cherries can help relieve arthritis pain and gout, as well as reduce risk for heart disease, diabetes and many cancers. Despite being sweet and enjoyable, cherries are an important source of beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.
Learn more about how the registered dietitians at Baylor Plano can help you live a healthy lifestyle.
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