Beth Peralta, Registered Dietitian with University of Illinois Extension and Media Spokesperson for Illinois Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics joins us for Healthy Living.
It’s no surprise that we all love snacks! Ninety-one percent of consumers snack multiple times per day.
However, it does not always have to be the traditional chips or candy at snack time. Snacks can fit into a healthy lifestyle when planned smart. How can we be smart when those snack attacks hit?
1. Snack when you are hungry!
o Make sure you are truly hungry before reaching for a snack. Often snacking can be a mindless activity, such as while watching TV.
2. Plan for snack time!
o Keep snacks prepped in advance! Have baby carrots and dip ready in the fridge; a baggie of popcorn in your bag for work; or cheese cubes cut and grapes washed for TV time.
3. Keep snacks simple yet tasty.
o Hummus and other dips are popular right now. You can easily make your own to save money during the week and have a tasty snack ready to go. (Make Party Hummus on-air)
Party Hummus – makes 6 servings
· 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
· 2 cloves minced garlic
· ¼ cup lemon juice
· 1 tablespoon tahini or peanut butter
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
· 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1. Add beans, garlic, lemon juice, tahini/peanut butter, and olive oil to blender or food processor.
2. Blend ingredients together until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add jalapeno and cilantro. Mix gently until combined.
4. Serve with vegetable sticks or whole-grain crackers.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 120 calories, 7 g fat, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein, 90 mg sodium, 11 g total carbohydrates