One Healthy Thing: Be a smart snacker

Each day during January, Via Christi is offering One Healthy Thing you can do to create a better 2014. Today’s tip comes from Sheryll Clarke, registered dietitian at Via Christi.

My tip for a healthier new year is to eat fewer processed snack foods. Choose snacks wisely by avoiding trans and saturated fats.

Here are some basic guidelines:

  • When reading labels, avoid the terms hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils in the ingredient list. Keep these as low as possible.
  • Choose foods with less than 5 grams of total fat per serving. Keep saturated and trans fats less than 3 grams or as low as possible per serving.
  • Better snack choices would include fruits, vegetables and low-fat yogurts. Include three meals a day with one or two snacks and avoiding “grazing” all day.

Good food and healthy eating goes hand in hand. This year’s National Nutrition Month (in March) has the slogan of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” With that in mind, lifestyle changes of eating breakfast, increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and enjoying the taste of different cuisines can help you eat both healthier and happier.

For breakfast in particular, add a protein to feel full longer. Ideas include low-fat yogurt and fruit; oatmeal with low-fat milk, raisins and chopped nuts; or a flour tortilla with peanut butter.

About Terry Rombeck

I am the digital manager for Via Christi Health, father of a toddler boy, husband of an awesome occupational therapist, and lover of baseball.
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