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9 Delicious and Nutritious Snacks to Keep in Your Kitchen

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As a lover of all things snack-related, I’m constantly struggling to find healthy options for my between-meal bites. Instead of running to the cookie jar and chip bag, I try to keep my kitchen stocked full of good-for-me snacks.

Next time you find yourself feeling the 4 p.m. munchies, try one of these nine delicious and nutritious treats:

1. Keep apples, bananas, and nut butter in your kitchen at all times. Slice up an apple or banana and enjoy with two tablespoons of nut butter whenever you’re craving a between-meal snack.

2. A fruit smoothie is the perfect healthy and filling way to enjoy all of that over-ripe fruit in your family’s fruit bowl. Blend up whatever you have fresh or frozen blended with low fat yogurt for a balanced snack.

3. Staple snacks in my household -- carrots, celery, and reduced fat crackers or pretzels -- pair beautifully with a few tablespoons of hummus.

4. If you have a few extra minutes to prepare your snack, whip up a veggie- or salsa-filled egg white omelet for a gratifying treat.

5. If you’re saving your carbs for your main meal of the day, wrap some sliced bell peppers, carrots, and celery in a few slice of turkey lunchmeat.

6. Grab a brown paper bag and some popcorn kernels and pop yourself a snack of air-popped popcorn seasoned with your favorite spices.

7. Top a snack-sized slice of whole-grain rye toast with low-fat cheese and thinly sliced tomatoes.

8. Toast a slice of pita bread with feta cheese and oregano for a hearty and tasty treat.

9. Available in the freezer section, edamame is an easy-to-eat snack filled with fiber and heart-healthy soy.

Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

Crackers and/or pretzels--low fat or not--I don't think so!

March 1, 2012 - 2:21pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Crackers and pretzels low fat are great for snacks...why are you thinking they are not?

March 1, 2012 - 5:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

Great post! My favorite website for healthy snack ideas is http://www.snack-girl.com/

March 1, 2012 - 11:00am
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