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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Healthy Snacks

Serving healthy snacks is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Most of the snacks we eat should be fruits and vegetables, since most of us do not eat the recommended five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Eating fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables also contain important nutrients like enzymes, vitamins and fiber. Serving fresh organic fruits and vegetables can seem challenging. However, good planning and smart shopping can make it easier.

Though some think fruits and vegetables are costly snacks, they are actually less costly than many other less-healthful snacks on a per-serving basis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of a serving of fruit or vegetable (all types – fresh, frozen, and canned) is 25 cents per serving. This is a good deal compared with a 69-cent single-serve bag of potato chips or an 80-cent candy bar. Try lots of different fruits and vegetables you like best.

Here are some examples of healthy fruit snack ideas:

Honeydew Melon
Mandarin Oranges
(unsweetened applesauce include Mott’s Natural Style and Mott’s
Healthy Harvest line.)
Dried Fruit - Try raisins, apricots, apples, cranberries, pineapple, papaya, and
others with no added sugars.
Frozen Fruit – Try freezing grapes or buy frozen blueberries, strawberries,
peaches, mangoes, and melon.
Fruit Leathers – Try Natural Value Fruit Leathers and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers, which come in a variety of flavors and don’t have added sugars.
Popsicles – Look for popsicles made from 100% fruit juice with no added caloric sweeteners, such as Breyers or Dole “No Sugar Added” fruit bars.
Smoothies – Blend "The Feast" or "Beyond Berries" with juice, yogurt or milk, and ice. Many store-made smoothies have added sugars and are not healthy choices.
Deliveries – Deliveries of fresh fruit or platters of cut-up fruit are a convenient option offered by some local grocery stores.
Vegetables can be served raw with dip or salad dressing:

Carrot sticks or
Baby Carrots
Celery Sticks
Snap Peas
Snow Peas
String Beans
Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
Yellow Summer
Squash slices
Zucchini slices

Dips – Try low-fat salad dressings, like fat-free Ranch or
Thousand Island, store-bought light dips, bean dips,
guacamole, hummus (which comes in dozens of flavors),
salsa, pesto, or peanut butter.

If you'd like to try a sample of the Feast or Beyond Berries just go to my site at http://www.urilife.net/realfoodforlife . Remember, add more fresh, organic unprocessed, whole foods and less processed, genetically engineered, mass produced "fast food"!

Live Food for Live People!
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