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You’re a busy person. You have projects due for class, a full-time job, or a family to take care of. You’re so busy that you even forget to eat sometimes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that not eating regularly throughout the day can actually make you gain weight! So start snacking!

Here are some easy to prepare snacks that you can just grab off the counter and go for those hectic days. I find that putting snacks in sandwich bags the night before is an easy way to have them handy for the next day. For example:

• Pack some mini carrots or celery sticks in a sandwich bag. For some more flavor, put some ranch dressing or hummus in a container for dipping… tasty!
• Pop some low-fat popcorn in the microwave and divvy it up into sandwich bags- it’s a low calorie but filling snack that will give you a boost of energy.

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• Grab a low-fat yogurt but bring a small bag of granola to sprinkle on top- that way, you’re fitting more calcium, fiber, and whole grains into your diet.
• Last but not least… my favorite: trail mix! This is a great treat that really isn’t that difficult to make. You can get it store bought or make your own. My favorite mix consists of cashews, pecans, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and raisins as well as a few chocolate chips for fun. Put it in a container, shake it up, and put a handful or two into sandwich bags. You’ve got a protein packed snack that tastes great!

Remember, you don’t have to work hard to look great. Take it one day at a time. Don’t take losing weight too seriously, you might not get out alive!

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