So you’ve decided to start the MyPyramid Diet, and have planned out all of your meals–but what about your snacks? Eating snacks throughout the day ensures a steady metabolism and blood sugar level, and helps keep you feeling fuller, longer. Below are some healthy snacks that are in accordance with the MyPyramid Diet.
Cinnamon Grahm Crackers and an Orange
This combination can be easily packed into a lunch bag or purse, and makes a great mid-morning snack. Oranges are a rich source of vitamin C, which is essential for optimal growth and the maintenance of good health. Oranges also contain high levels of fiber, which promotes feelings of saiety, and prevents overeating at later meals. And you don’t have to rely on the basic, well-known orange–experiment with tangarines, nectarines, blood oranges, and other varieties of the tangy citrus fruit to find the one that works best for you. Graham crackers contain carbohydrates which provide the energy you need to make it through the day. When choosing grahm crackers, take the time to read any labels–find the product with the lowest amount of added sugar and preservatives for best results.
Pineapple and Granola
Like the grahm cracker and orange option, this makes a great mid-morning snack. Pineapple is a great choice for individuals who have grown tired of the traditional banana, orange, or apple, and stores relatively well when cut. Granola is a great source of carbohydrates, and is also rich in fiber. Experiment with granola–though in this case we recommend using it with pineapple, it is a relative versatile product and tastes great with berries, yogurt and even cottage cheese.
Yogurt with Baby Carrots and Peas
Yogurt is a great source of dietary calcium, and provides a healthier way to get calcium in your diet than traditional milk, cheese and butter. When choosing yogurt, look for varieties that use lowfat or nonfat milk, and contain as few additives as possible. Add some chopped basil, rosemary, or other herb to add a zing. You can then use this as a dipping sauce for the carrots and peas.
Like with most vegetables, carrots and peas are rich in fiber. They also contain numerous vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health. If buying fresh vegetables isn’t an option for you, don’t fret–frozen peas and carrots contain the same levels of vitamins and mineral as their fresh counterparts. However, you may have a hard time finding carrots and peas that haven’t already been chopped.
Tomato Juice and String Cheese
Tomato juice is a good option for those who have difficulty getting enough vegetables into their diet. And now, there are many tomato juice products on the market that are fortified with other vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Like yogurt, string cheese provides calcium, which is important to healthy teeth and bones. It is also a healthier source of dietary protein. Buy the individually wrapped string cheese packages to ensure that you will stop after just one strip!