Healthy Food Choices – Snacks

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Part of staying fit involves eating healthy meals.  If we are overweight, it is because we have been making poor choices in food.  We are consuming too much fats, too much sugar, and eating too many fast foods and processed foods.

If we have a habit of snacking on sweets between meals, we may need to replace those unhealthy snacks with healthy ones.  When we go shopping for instance, we need to closely examine the Nutritional Facts on the side of the box or can.  If the snack lists sugars as an ingredient in the snack, we need to avoid it, if the sugar content is high.  There are other healthy substitutes.

Here is a snack that I discovered about a year ago.  I make these once or twice a month.  The recipe is in the picture above, but I will repeat it here.

No Bake Energy Bites 

1 c. dry oatmeal

½ c. chocolate chips (Dark or semi-sweet is best)

½ c. peanut butter

½ c. ground flaxseed

1/3 c. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until well blended.  Form into small balls and enjoy.  Resist the temptation to eat them all in one sitting.  I limit myself to two at a time.  Refrigerate the rest in a covered container, especially on a hot day.  The chocolate will melt.  Try adding 1/3 cup of coconut for a real treat!  There is no sugar in these, but they taste sweet because of the honey and are not packed with calories which are of no nutritive value.