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| Posted Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 12:17PM

healthy snacksSnacks can be an important part of your day as long as you make healthy choices. Snacks can help keep you full between meals and prevent you from loading up on sugary sweets at the vending machine. They are also an easy way to add fruits and vegetables into your diet.

  • Yogurt is an easy way to get essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, but be careful because it can be packed with sugar. When picking a yogurt, avoid flavored yogurt and pick plain non-fat yogurts. If you love blueberry yogurt, pick plain yogurt and add fresh or frozen blueberries. NuVal scores for yogurt can range from 7 to 100.
  • Popcorn is actually a whole grain! Buy the popcorn kernels with a NuVal score of 91, add 1/2 cup to a parchment paper bag or a paper bag, and microwave for 2 1/2 minutes for a nutritious whole-grain snack.
  • Fruits and vegetables are low-calorie, nutritious snacks. When shopping at Brookshire’s, you can get a variety of fruits and veggies like cherry tomatoes (NuVal Score 100), cucumber slices (NuVal Score 100), carrots (NuVal Score 100), celery (NuVal Score 100), blueberries (NuVal Score 100), apple slices (NuVal Score 100), grapes (NuVal Score 100) and bananas (NuVal Score 100). You can dip your celery or apple slices in peanut butter for a little added protein.
  • Dry cereal, like Cheerios and Shredded Wheat Original Cereal (NuVal 91), are easy snacks you can pack ahead of time. Bag a serving of cereal in a zip-top bag for a snack you can grab and go.
  • Nuts are a nutritious snack full of fiber, protein and unsaturated fats, but be careful and only eat about a handful. Pick up some walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans or peanuts when at the store. You can even make your own trail mix by mixing together different nuts, seeds, dried fruits and cereals.
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