Thursday, December 22, 2011

Healthy Snacks

Racing to the mall? Pack good-for-you snacks like nuts so you don’t eat junk.
Whether you’re simply racing around shopping or racing to the airport, packing smart snacks can mean the difference between 200 good-for-you calories and 600 saturated-fat-laden ones.

When you go for long periods of time without eating or you consume too few calories, your brain senses the starvation and sends an SOS signal throughout your body to actually store fat, not burn it. The next thing you know, you’re inhaling a hot dog and a bag of chips and kicking yourself for not having more willpower.
If you always have a few go-to healthy snacks on hand, you’ll avoid this diet disaster. The ideal snack will satisfy your hunger while pleasing your palate. Eating half an ounce of raw nuts (like 6 walnut halves) with a piece of fruit, like a banana or a cup of berries, gives you some crunch plus something sweet. Walnuts are also loaded with good-for-you omega-3 fats, which in addition to helping your heart and brain health, also increase chemicals that help you feel satiated longer.

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