Tag: snacks

Weekend Cooking: Make a Whole-Grain Treat Today, Snack on Leftovers Next Week

by in Uncategorized, January 14, 2012
oatmeal cookies
These cookies are packed with whole-grains.

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host a Healthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan an is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

There’s generally more time on weekends for bigger cooking and baking projects — a Tuesday night isn’t usually ideal for experimenting with homemade pasta or learning to make ice cream from scratch. So when you do have extra time on the weekend, pick something that’s maybe a bit more adventurous or time-consuming, but that also makes great leftovers for the busy week ahead. If you make pancakes or waffles this weekend, make a few extra and stick them in the freezer. If you make a pot of soup or chili, freeze single servings in freezer bags; move a portion from the freezer to the fridge at night and by lunchtime the next day it’ll be ready to heat and eat. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, make a whole-grain-packed treat that will satisfy your cravings this weekend, and that you can eat for a snack during the busy week to come.

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Snacks with 200 Calories (or Fewer!)

by in Healthy Recipes, August 22, 2011
chips and salsa
A snack of baked tortilla chips and 1/4 cup of salsa has just 180 calories.

Having a snack attack? Forgo the last minute trip to the vending machine and be prepared when hunger strikes with these snacks with fewer than 200 calories each.

#1: Basic Edamame
Munch on baby soy beans packed with protein and hunger-fighting fiber.
Calories: 150

#2: Apple and Peanut Butter
Top a sliced apple with natural peanut butter for a smooth and crunchy combination. This snack is packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fat and the antioxidant vitamins E and C. Check out how your favorite brand did in our taste test.
Calories: 190

#3: Rainbow Fruit Skewers With Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
This snack consists of 2 fruit skewers plus 3 chocolate-dipped strawberries. What better way to get a healthy dose of antioxidants plus your chocolate fix!
Calories: 184

#4: Chips and Spicy Salsa
An ounce of baked tortilla chips (about 15) dipped in ¼ cup salsa will give you a boost of vitamin C and lycopene.
Calories: 180

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Food News: Minibars, Vending Machines Offer Healthy Alternatives

by in Food News, August 7, 2011
vending machine
Coming to a vending machine near you: healthy snacks.

Hotel and resort minibars are getting a healthy makeover. The Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Four Seasons are just two companies in a handful of hotel chains opting for healthier minibar options, according to a recent Marketwatch report. Instead of the traditional calorie-filled junk food fare, guests can choose to snack on products like organic Clif Bars, Terra chips and gluten-free energy bars.

Why the sudden change of heart? Hotel patrons are actually clamoring for healthy options. The trail mix and cashews outsell the chocolate cookies, and Fiji Water is the minibar’s most popular item at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Adam Martindale, the resort’s director of food and beverage, told Marketwatch.

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Robin’s Healthy Take: March Madness Munchies

by in Uncategorized, March 24, 2011
Robin's Parmesan Chicken Fingers

So what if your bracket is busted? You can still cheer along your favorite teams, old and new, with these snacks by your side. These crowd-pleasing appetizers are lighter than your average party food, but still packed full of flavor. Enjoy the games and, more importantly, the munchies!!

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Robin’s Healthy Take: Better Brown-Bag Lunches

by in Back to School, Healthy Recipes, Kid-Friendly, March 10, 2011
Robin's Go-To Brown Bag Foods
Robin's Go-To Brown Bag Foods

I love packing lunch for my two boys every day. It’s a little part of me that I send in a brown bag (actually, a thermal lunch bag.) It like to imagine them opening lunch to find my surprises.  These are my favorite simple, healthy foods to pack up, plus, my easy prep and planning tips.

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Taste Test: Whole-Grain Pretzels

by in Taste Test, January 19, 2011
Which pretzel crunched the competition? See our taste test results.

Attention, snack lovers! We munched on popular whole grain pretzels to find which brands stack up the best for taste, crunch, and of course, nutrition. Find out the winners (and losers) in our taste test.

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5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Snacks

by in Healthy Tips, October 7, 2010
Apple Moons
Measure peanut butter before you start snacking to keep calories at bay. Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine.

Snacking on healthy foods can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep energy levels high throughout the day. The only downside — you can overdo healthy foods, too! We’re taking a look at 5 healthy options and shaving off 100 calories from each.

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Diet Myths, Debunked: Does Eating Late Cause Weight Gain?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, June 8, 2010

stocked refrigerator

How many times have you heard that you shouldn’t eat after 8 pm? Does the time you eat really play a role in weight gain? Yes and no — we’ll explain.

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Snacks to Fuel Workouts

by in Healthy Tips, May 18, 2010

berry blast smoothie

No matter how you like to exercise, you need food to fuel your workouts. Your body needs nutrients both before and after to perform at its best. Since you may not always have time for a meal, have these power snacks ready to go.

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The Veggie Table: Simple Snacks That Satisfy

by in Uncategorized, January 16, 2010

When the New Year rolls around, I don’t typically jump on the resolution bandwagon; instead, I try to keep myself in check as much as possible every day, but this year is different for me.

I’m scheduled for sports-related hip surgery this month and the road to recovery includes six weeks on crutches with zero activity. Zilch. My gym membership has been put on hold and the yoga mat rolled up and stored away until spring. With this lack of regular physical activity, I know I’m going to have to keep an eye on my eating habits.

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