Healthy Snacks

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We know what healthy snacks are, we know where to find them and we know how important they’re for us to consume daily. The American Heart Association recommends eating five small healthy meals a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, many of us can’t seem to find the time to prepare them or commit to consuming them daily. How can we become more successful in consuming nutritious foods throughout our busy day?

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Planning Ahead
In most areas where we desire to become successful we’re willing to plan ahead, invest time and practice patience into improving ourselves. The same goes with living a healthier lifestyle. In order to make improvements we have to be willing to work towards a goal of developing healthier habits. Planning ahead can make your transition to eating healthier both smooth and effective.

What to Snack on?
Smart snacks are snacks that provide your body with energy and nutrients for the day. Fruits and vegetables are considered smart snacks, they are low in calories and very nutritious. Most single servings of fruits and vegetables are less than 100 calories and are loaded with both vitamins and minerals.

Snacks under 100 Calories

  • A medium-size apple (72 calories)
  • A small-size banana (90 calories)
  • 1 cup of steamed green beans (44 calories)
  • 1 cup of blueberries (83 calories)
  • 1 cup of grapes (96 calories)
  • 1 cup of carrots (45 calories)
  • 1 cup of broccoli (30 calories)
  • 1 cup of bell pepper (30 calories)

Getting Started
Plan: Create a healthy snack plan for the week.
Time: Make time to purchase and prep your snacks so they are clean, sealed and ready to eat. Patience: Choose at least one new fruit and vegetable weekly to help you prevent boredom.

Resources:
American Heart Association
Center of Disease Control

Attend one of the FREE exercise programs offered by the City of Los Fresnos.
For more information contact Christine De La Rosa, Los Fresnos Community Health Worker at 956-312-1406 or email at cdelarosa@citylf.us or Los Fresnos City Hall at 956-233-5768.

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