By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH
At home you can prepare popcorn in a healthy way. Air-popped popcorn is a relatively healthy treat. Three cups of popcorn have just 93 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Do not add butter or salt.
#2: Pistachios, Walnuts or Almonds
Nuts are a great heart-healthy snack full of antioxidants, fiber, and good fats. A 1/2-cup serving only has 170 calories, with 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. However, they contain 14 grams of fat, so do not stuff yourself on them.
#3: Red Grapes
At the top of the pile is red grapes. Full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, red grapes are nature’s answer to sweet candy. There will never be a processed snack food that comes close to matching the nutrition and health benefits of fruits and vegetables. They’re good frozen, too.
#4: Pita Chips with Hummus or Guacamole
This is another snack you must make on your own if you want it healthy. All you need is a large, whole-wheat pita. Cut the edge of the pita into chip-size pieces. and then bake them in the oven until crispy before serving with hummus or guacamole dip.
#5: Relish Tray
Pickled vegetables are extremely low in calories and a great alternative to snacking on high fat, high sugar processed foods. Marinating your vegetables in vinegar or heart-healthy olive oil will control the amount of salt you eat.
All you need is a whole-wheat pita round, low sodium tomato sauce and non-fat mozzarella cheese. Pile on the vegetables and herbs for great taste and enjoyment. Bake for 10-15 minutes in an oven at 400˚.
#7: Green Tea
You may not think this is technically a snack, but the health benefits of drinking just one cup of green tea a day can allow you to splurge a little more than usual and still keep your figure intact. (1)
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– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.
While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University.
She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her practice includes, weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, meditation training and phobia management. Her books include: “Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”
References: (1) Inspired by: www.mydailymoment.com