YMCA of Greater Erie

Want to stick to your diet?  Start snacking!  Experts cite that snacking between meals helps to control hunger and rein in portion size at meal time. For help with healthy snacking, Women’s Health magazine turned to Tara Gidus, R.D., of the American Dietetic Association. “A snack should fill you up, be reasonably nutritious, and be in the 100- to 200-calorie range,” Gidus says.  Don’t get caught in the vending machine again; its all about pre-planning!

Some of our favorite snacks are:

  • 2 oz. of vanilla yogurt mixed with a 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 2 rice cakes topped with 1 T of cream cheese and your favorite berries or sliced fruit
  • 1/2 cup melon mixed with 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup cucumbers, 1 T hummus spread on wheat crackers
  • 2 graham crackers to dip in 1/2 c applesauce
  • apple slices with 1 oz. of diced cheese
  • baby carrots, lite ranch dressing and wheat crackers
  • handful of almonds, 1 oz. diced cheddar cheese, sliced pears
  • handful of grapes, baked pretzels and string cheese