Healthy Snacks and More!

Be prepared at work......try these ideas for healthy snacks recommended by sports performnace nutritionist, Michelle Riccardi. Here are five snack foods that will help you prevent packing on the pounds, improve focus, stay satisfied, and prepare or recover from your training!

By the way there is an awesome iphone ap/ website called my net diary.  It is a really convenient and intuitive way to track your eating....check it out and let me know what you think.  Tracking your eating is an excellent way to observe how you are eating and is the first step to eating better.



Health benefits: Walnuts are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidaants.

Snack tip: Pair a handful of walnuts with a piece of low-fat cheese, your favorite fruit, or a bowl of oatmeal for a fiber-rich morning snack that will help you feel full longer.


Health benefits: Apples are loaded with pectin, which helps suppress your appetite.

Snack tip: Eating an apple mid-day helps control blood sugar and may aid in weight loss. Have it with a spoonful of nut butter (cashew, peanut, almond) to add muscle-building protein and healthy fat.

Greek Yogurt

Health benefits: Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt. Plus, it contains healthy bacteria, known as probiotics, to keep your digestive tract healthy.

Snack tip: Top 6 to 8 ounces of Greek Yogurt with ¾ cup of berries for a mid-day snack.

Green Tea

Health benefits: Research has shown that green tea helps lower cholesterol and decreases the risk of diabetes and stroke. What’s more, it boosts metabolism to help you burn fat.

Snack tip: Drink two to three cups of green tea throughout the day to reap the benefits. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, don’t drink green tea after 3 p.m.

Beef Jerky

Health benefits: Beef jerky is a great source of protein and comes in a bunch of flavors for variety. Opt for the 96% fat-free jerky when possible.

Snack tip: Eat 1 to 2 servings of jerky with a piece of fruit, such as an apple or pear, for a balanced snack.

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