How to Snack Healthy!


If you are looking for more DIY snacks, nutritionist Rania Batayneh MPH author of The One One One Diet has a few simple ideas that are the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat. Read on to her hear expert opinion!

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Stay fueled! This is important to keep in mind at all times, but especially before a workout.  If you arrive to your workout hungry (or dehydrated) your energy may be compromised. In addition, you may be more likely to eat a larger portion at meal time later that day.

Some of my favorite snacks are:

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Graham Dippers          

You can opt for honey or cinnamon flavored graham crackers for this fun and sweet snack. The ricotta cheese adds 7 grams of muscle-building protein, and the cinnamon helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.

  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 serving Graham Crackers
  • 1 teaspoon chopped peanuts or almonds

In a small bowl, stir the cinnamon into the ricotta. Use it as a spread for the crackers and top with chopped nuts.


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Pita chips with Hummus and Bell Peppers          

Each tbsp. of hummus contains 1 gram of fiber. This is a perfect snack that incorporates that crunch that we are looking for + added fiber and anti-oxidants from the peppers.


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Berry Parfaits          

Berries are filled with anti-oxidants and fiber.

Combine them with ½ cup of low-fat Greek Yogurt and brain boosting almonds for a complete snack that will satisfy a sweet tooth and give you that extra boost during your workout.

What are some of your favorite snacking strategies?