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Healthy Eating Tips, Tricks and more!
by Meredith Oliver, Healthy Snack Authority

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As both a fitness nut and a junk food junkie, I am constantly finding myself in the same place as my clients, always thinking about ways to keep my eating habits healthy. This involves a lot of agonizing over what foods I really want to have, but know that if I indulge I will notice the effects in the way my pants fit the next day.

I often find myself sharing my healthy eating and snacking finds with my clients, so I thought I would share these tips and tricks with all of you Diet.com members!

Let's start with the basics: Obviously we shouldn't be reaching for Oreos, a pint of Ben & Jerry's, or a bag of Ruffles. Optimally it would be a piece of fruit, a vegetable or lean protein. As we all know, this doesn't always happen either. So what is practical, easy AND tasty?

My top three favorite healthy snacks are:

1. Baby carrots and ranch dip - they fill you up and taste great! To make the dip moderately healthy take one of the Hidden Valley Ranch Dip powder mix packets and mix it with a pint of fat free sour cream. TIP: Make sure you portion out a small amount (1/4 cup) of dip and put the rest in the fridge so you don't go overboard.



2. Special K cereal bars - the best tasting 90 calorie snack I've had in a while. These are perfect for an on-the-go snack. I am always throwing one into my bag before heading to work. By mid-afternoon it is exactly what I need! (My favorite is Chocolate Drizzle.)

3. Edamame! - super easy, loads of flavor and packed with nutrients! Just get a frozen bag of edamame in the veggie section and store it in your freezer until you are hungry. To cook, simply boil them for about 3 minutes or until they float to the top. Put a little salt on them and you're ready to chow down. Remember - you're going for the little bean inside, not the whole thing.



Be sure to think about ways to make what you eat everyday healthier, and when you need some ideas and inspiration for lowering your caloric intake check back to the blogs!

@ 12:25pm ET on September 14, 2007 Thanks! I had been wondering how to eat edamame... And avoiding them because I didn't know what was edible to start with!

And great subject for a regular blog! I look forward to reading more!
@ 1:45pm ET on September 14, 2007 mmm special k cereal bars are perfect! they're so light, too. great blog!
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