One of the heart healthy changes we made to our diet was in our snacking. My family and I love snacks! We eat a morning snack, afternoon snack, and night time snack. I have low blood sugar, so I need to eat every 2 hours anyway. Thankfully, snacking isn’t “bad” if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices. Healthy, good-for-you snacks can be part of a heart healthy diet. To snack the sensible way, choose nutrient-rich snacks.
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Some crunchy examples of healthy snacks are apples and breadsticks, carrot and celery sticks, green pepper sticks, zucchini circles, radishes, broccoli spears, cauliflower and unsalted rice cakes. My kids and I like Quaker Rice Cakes. They have lots of different flavors to choose from.
Some munchy snacks are unsalted sunflower seeds, whole-grain breads or toast, cherry or grape tomatoes, low-fat or fat-free cheese, plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt, bagels, unsalted almonds, walnuts and other nuts. My kids and I like Planters Nut-rition.
Examples of sweet snacks are unsweetened canned fruit, a thin slice of angel food cake, baked apple, raisins, dried fruit gelatin gems, frozen bananas, frozen grapes, fresh fruit, and low-fat or fat-free unsweetened fruit yogurt.
Some thirst-quenchers are fat-free milk, unsweetened juices, low-sodium tomato or mixed vegetable juice, water, and smoothies. Some other time, I will share some of our favorite smoothie recipes with you. We usually have a smoothie for our Saturday afternoon snack.
One of our favorite afternoon snacks is hummus. I have about 2 or 3 hummus recipes that I like. I will share them with you sometime. We usually eat the hummus with wheat pita bread pockets, cut into triangles. We’ve also had it with Stacy’s Pita Chips. You can also serve it with heart-healthy crackers or vegetables.
What heart healthy snacks do you like to eat?