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Beth Aldrich is the author of the upcoming book, Real Moms Love to Eat (Penguin NAL, January, 2012), a Health & Green Living Media Expert, writer and public speaker. She publishes www.RealMomsLoveToEat.com, hosts the radio show Real Moms Love to Eat with Beth Aldrich. Her favorite treat is chocolate cream pie! Find out more and view her sizzle reel at www.BethAldrich.com.

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Real Moms Love To Eat
by Beth Aldrich, Health & Nutrition Counselor

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I love to snack! It's only human to want some nourishment in between meals, so when looking for snacks, try granola-topped yogurt, celery or carrots, whole-grain toast or whole grain crackers, apples or oranges.

Better yet, try a whole grain (high fiber) cereal bar from Kashi. I've found their ingredient list to be very clean and free from chemicals and preservatives!

1. Designate a snacking zone in your home to avoid countless calorie build up because of mindless munching in front of the TV or computer.

2. Make it quick. If you need to snack on the go, think beyond a bag of potato chips. Bring a handful of almonds, sunflower seeds or walnuts or even string cheese, yogurt sticks, cereal bars or other drip-free items to keep your car crumb free.

3. Don't be fooled by labeling gimmicks. Foods marketed as low-fat or fat-free can still be high in calories. Likewise, foods touted as cholesterol-free can still be high in fat, saturated fat and sugar. Check nutrition labels to find out the whole story.

4. Go for the grain. Whole-grain snacks - such as whole grain pretzels or tortillas and low-sugar, whole-grain cereals can give you energy with some staying power.

5. Out of sight, out of mind. If the cookie jar is full, you'll probably clamor for cookies. But if there aren't any cookies in the house, fresh fruit or raw veggies may seem more appealing.

6. Think outside the box and try something new, such as fresh pineapple, cranberries, red or yellow peppers, or roasted soy nuts. Slice a whole-wheat pita and enjoy with hummus.

7. Revisit breakfast. Many breakfast foods - such as low-sugar, whole-grain cereals and whole-grain toast make great afternoon snacks.

8. Use the freezer. When bananas have gotten black and soggy, simply peel and place in a freezer bag. Frozen bananas and berries mixed with apple juice and ground up flax makes a super mid-day snack.

9. Sweeten it up. Healthy snacks don't need to be bland. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try frozen yogurt or frozen fruit bars or agave nectar.

10. Remember your leftovers. A small serving of last night's casserole might make a great snack.

11. Drinks count too. Drink plenty of water between meals. Liven it up with a squirt of lemon, cranberry or other fruit juice.

Happy snacking!

@ 2:55pm ET on November 18, 2011 Yogurt with granola is one of my favorite snacks, and there is not always time to make this snack. Sometimes I have my hands full, so I always have YoCrunch parfait yogurts on hand. They are the perfect snack and so easy to eat on the go. Sometimes I freeze them and make a frozen dessert out of them too!

@ 6:52am ET on December 12, 2012 Good ideas. Everywhere you turn these days you’ll find information about the benefits of eating healthy. Making any change in your life, especially related to food, is a process. Like you said, healthy foods are necessary for the body, one of the best things that you can do is to learn to make meals from scratch in your own kitchen.
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