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5 Great Healthy Snack Choices

It doesn't matter whether you are trying to take off a few pounds or fifty, you must still eat regularly to provide fuel for your body's processes. Forget about skipping meals, because that will just defeat your purpose, and make you miserable to boot. Eating small meals throughout the day helps maintain your metabolism "furnace" and allows your body to use fat as fuel. If you need an example, think of the old coal furnaces that had to be constantly tended by adding fuel in order to keep a continual fire going. If the furnace went out, then it took a long time to get the temperature back up to a comfortable level. Fueling your body is similar. You want to supply a constant supply of the right kind of fuel.

How do you keep your body continuously fueled? You snack. Snacking can be very healthy if you eat the proper foods. The proper food list, however, does not contain the foods typically thought of as 'snacks' - chips, candy bars and other sugary and high simple carbohydrate foods. What the list does include are foods that add some interest, some energy, and some protein to your diet.

One great healthy snack you can try are apple slices with some peanut butter. Peanut butter is high in fat, but it's healthy fat. Still, you don't want to overdo it, since fat contains more calories per gram than protein or carbs. Just spread enough on the apple slices to be able to taste it.

If you tend to crave sweets, eating blueberries, strawberries, or maybe a couple pieces of cantaloupe will help out with those sugar cravings, plus provide a dose of healthy antioxidants, phytonutrients, and more good stuff. These natural fruits do have sugar but the body metabolizes them easier in this natural state. The highly processed sugars in many commercial snack foods are what you want to avoid.

Having some soy chips will satisfy the need for a crunchy food while providing good quality protein to fuel your body. Just be careful to eat only a serving (read the nutrition info on the bag) and not the whole bag.

Yogurt can also be a healthy snack, but do not get the kind that has the fruit that you stir up from the bottom. Usually, this fruit is just preserves that are loaded with sugar. Try plain organic lowfat yogurt and see if you like the taste. Many people are surprised to find that they do. If you like a sweeter taste, combine the yogurt with some fruit. Look for varieties that are made with live cultures, which can help to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Finally, our last suggestion is to eat some cubes of cheese. These can be taken along with you in a small bag and eaten throughout the day. There are a number of different kinds of healthy cheeses that add protein and taste great for a quick pick up. Lower fat varieties are your best choice.

When you are able to keep your metabolism furnace fire going all day, you can achieve your healthy weight and not feel deprived at all. Just a little preparation will keep you from reaching for those french fries and chocolate bars. Your body will repay you with more energy, better resistance to illness, and the shedding of those unnecessary pounds. It's worth the minimal effort.

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