Snack Foods for Dieters Part 2

Yesterday I blogged about some of my snack foods that I eat throughout the work day, consuming 1 small portioned snack per hour before and after lunch.  Today’s snacks are a little cliche when it comes to dieting but they are snacks we often forget about and they are an important part of a balanced diet.  I’m talking about fruits and vegetables!

I love grapes!  And I’m not even going to begin to tell you all the nice cancer fighting qualities and vitamins and nutritional info about them.  If you’d like to read all that, click here.  And I know you are worried about sugar too.  Everywhere I go I hear people talking about how “they heard” too many fruits are bad for you because of all the sugar.  Well, yes, fruit does have sugar in it.  That’s what makes it sweet and what makes it tastes so good.  But keep in mind its not preservatives and sugar from fat that you get in processed foods, so your body processes it much differently.  Here’s a good response to the question, Is the sugar in fruit bad for you?, from caloriecount.com:

Sugar in fruit should be evaluated with the other benefits of the fruit in mind as well as time of day you ate it and fiber content. An apple, for instance, still has plenty of sugar but also has plenty of fiber, increasing your satiation as well as lowering its impact on your blood sugar levels. A banana, on the other hand, is full of potassium, a mineral we do not find in enough foods in the US diet. It is full of sugar but lacks the fiber neccesary to lower its impact so it would be better to eat it before exercise or with a protein shake afterwards to improve recovery and make sure those carbs go to muscle rather than fat.

And if you are like me and you are counting calories, grab those snack bags I talked about yesterday and count out about 15 to 20 grapes.  It’s only 50 calories!

Speaking of bananas in the comment above, I do occasionally eat one as a snack.  However, 1 large banana is about 110 calories.  Great for potassium, I know, but it’s still a lot of calories for one piece of fruit.  I much prefer these next two snacks instead:

Apples!  Yep, a large apple only has about 50 calories.  I eat one for breakfast practically every morning as soon as I get to work.  Or…

A Cutie Clementine! 1 Clementine is only 40 calories, so some days I have two – 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. While the banana usually reigns on top for potassium amongst most of us, did you know a Clementine has 200mg of potassium each?  And 145% Vitamin C.

Let’s not forget vegetables!  Carrots are usually my daily choice for a quick snack. I buy the large bag of cut carrots and divide it into 8 to 10 pieces per snack bag.  Only 12 to 15 calories!

And I just learned this last night after discussing sugar in fruits with a friend – did you know most vegetables also have sugar?  That’s what gives them their color.  So, if you are cutting down sugar what vegetables should you eat?  Asparagus, green beans, and broccoli.  Think green!

More to follow tomorrow about my healthy snacks….

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