A new year is a time for new snacks

Published 6:33 am Saturday, January 12, 2019

Each new year brings a sense of new beginnings and the opportunity for a fresh start.

Many people take this opportunity to set health and wellness goals. Studies show that snacking the right way may help you avoid overeating later on. Snacks are a great pick-me-up that provide an opportunity to include all the important food groups into your diet to fill your body full of quality nutrients.

Try to keep your snacks under 200 calories each for an average adult, or between 200 and 300 calories for athletes. Think of snacks as mini-meals that contribute nutrient-rich foods.

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The key to healthy snacking is moderation and being aware of appropriate portion sizes. Here are only four delicious snacks that have carbs, protein and/or healthy fats to keep you full and energized until your next meal!

Citrus — Snacks such as clementines and kiwis contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, along with many other nutrients. Grapefruit is also a delicious and healthy citrus option.

Baked chickpeas — Looking to satisfy that salty, crunchy craving? Chickpeas are a well-balanced snack that have protein and fiber to help keep us full and energized.

String cheese quesadilla (to-go style!) — This snack is incredibly easy and filling. Place one unwrapped string cheese stick in the middle of a whole-grain tortilla. Microwave for 30 seconds, or until cheese is soft. Fold the tortilla over, top with salsa, if desired, and enjoy!

Homemade chia “pod” — These seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. Four grams of fiber are found in every tablespoon of chia seeds. But the common question seems to be what to do with them? Try chia pudding. Simply combine chia seeds, some sort of liquid, such as your favorite milk, and fruit.

Citrus Crunch

Serves 2       

All you need

  • 1 medium grapefruit, halved
  • 1/4 c. Hy-Vee fat-free lemon yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Grapenuts cereal

All you do

  1. Section grapefruit.
  2. Top each grapefruit half with 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon cereal.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 90 calories, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 14g sugar, 3g protein.

Source: Hy-Vee Test Kitchen

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.