Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quick & Healthy Snack Alternatives

A good rule of thumb when trying to create a healthy snack is to pair whole grains with fruit or vegetables, preferably fresh varieties. You can also include some protein such as unsalted, natural nuts or reduced-fat cheese when possible and appropriate. Below, we provide some quick and healthy snack alternatives to some of the more common, less-healthy products. These are also healthy lunch suggestions.

Instead of . . .                 Try . . .

Goldfish Crackers            Whole wheat/whole grain, low-fat crackers
                                             (e.g. Triscuits, Rye Krisps, WASA Bread)
 
Pop Tarts                           Un- or lightly-salted whole grain rice cakes
 
Chips                                  Fresh vegetables
                                        (e.g. baby carrots, snap peas, mini tomatoes)
 
Muffins/Mini muffins    Whole wheat miniature bagels or bagel thins
 
Animal Crackers               Fresh fruit
                                        (e.g. grapes, apple, berries, banana, orange)
 
Granola bar                        Unsalted, natural nuts and raisins
 
Trail mix                             Homemade trail mix
                                              (e.g. whole grain dry cereals, raisins, nuts)
 
Fruit snacks                        Freeze-dried fruit
 
Fruit roll-up                        Freeze-dried vegetables

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The Purpose of TGBG Nutrition

TGBG stands for "To God be the Glory." The purpose of TGBG Nutrition is to bring glory to God by helping families improve their nutritional status and fitness level, thus improving their overall health and well-being.

Keeley's specialization is working with children and
their families, specifically regarding weight issues. A mother herself, she is passionate about fighting the epidemic of obesity plaguing our country, especially among children and adolescents. This website it meant to be a supplement to her book, The Poisoning of Our Children ~ Fighting the Obesity Epidemic in America (PoisoningOurChildren.com), and to provide families with the practical tools they need to pursue and implement a healthier lifestyle.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31