Healthy Snacks

Fruits and vegetables

Your body needs a steady supply of energy to keep it running well. Ideally you should eat three meals a day, but we all know that is not always possible. So, fit in some smaller between meal snacks. Your body needs fuel (that is what food is, after all) about every three hours or so. Carbohydrates are a good choice. Choose healthy carbs such as whole grain bread, crackers, unsweetened cereals, fruit (fresh, canned in own juice or dried), milk and yogurt, and vegetables.

When reading a food label (“Nutrition Facts” found on all processed foods) look for about 15 gm Carbohydrate, 3 to 5 grams fiber per serving. Avoid high sugar, high fat foods or drinks that provide empty calories but minimal nutrients. If you read the ingredients of a label and sugar (also known as sucrose, high fructose corn syrup) is one of the first three ingredients listed, you might want to make another choice. For example, eating a fresh apple or small handful of grapes is a better choice than a pretend fruit like “gummy fruit snacks.”

Contact your doctor before making any diet changes as related to your medical condition.