November 04, 2009

Promoting Healthy Choices

I've decided to make healthy snack choices from now on.                                      
I really love snacking. Don't you? It can help me curb hunger throughout the day as well as provide energy. The quality of snacks is key.
I tend to keep a good selection of ready-to-eat veggies in the refrigerator or fruit kebabs when I need to snack in front of the TV I use skim milk, fat-free yogurt and fresh fruit to make my smoothies.
Whole-grain snacks, such as whole-grain pretzels, or tortillas, as well as breakfast foods such as whole-grain toast, and high -fiber, whole-grain cereals make great afternoon snacks.

So, go for the grain!
I love mix and match. I serve baby carrots or any other vegetable with fat-free ranch dressing.
I love to dip cracker sticks or fresh fruit in fat-free yogurt, and top celery, sliced apples or bananas with peanut butter.
Tip: Try yogurt with one clove of garlic or mustard seeds. Pour olive oil on it. It's so delicious!

Do you love snacking? xx                                       

63 comments:

Meeko Fabulous said...

I love snacking, but it's usually all the stuff that's bad for me. I try to keep granola bars on hand though. :)

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Hi Meeko, Glad to see you. I love granola bars too

5thsister said...

wonderful food photography! I have a weakness for chocolate but I like to have almonds or other nuts on hand as a quick, healthier alternative when a snack attack happens.

Unknown Mami said...

Yes, I do love snacking and I need to follow your lead and switch to healthier options.

staceyjwarner said...

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. I don't know how I do as much as I do in a day...the blogging, reading, commenting, writing, takes a lot of time, I agree with you. Yikes!

I don't really snack but when I do I eat peanut butter preztels.

Thanks,
-stacey

Matty said...

Who doesn't love snacking? The problem is in keeping it healthy. Therein lies the problem. So many "snack" foods are easy to eat. You just tear open the wrapper and chow down, but the ingredients are less than desirable. So, I find your healthy snack choices here very enticing. And yes, I love, love, love peanut butter.

Corrie Howe said...

When I'm a good job, I eat healthy snacks. Otherwise, I don't tend to snack.

Steven Anthony said...

I love snacking, I eat alot of hummus and olives, yummers;)

kys said...

I am a snacker. Not on healthy foods though.

blueviolet said...

I love snacking and I love veggies. I just don't love snacking on veggies. It's a problem, I know.

Nevine said...

I try not to snack too much, but when I do snack, I love peanut butter with pretzels, peanut butter with granny smith apples, and smoked almonds. But, my favorite is toasted pita chips with baba ghannouj and black olives. Yummy!!!

Nevine

wenn said...

good..very adventurous with food..

thatdesigngal said...

I do love snacking, but at the moment it is whatever is the closest. lol Bad, I know. I going to start working on that!

Secretia said...

You fooled me bad! I thought you meant celery,cucumbers,carrots,apples, stuff like that.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Interesting.

In India we have bajji's , bondas and vadais. :)

The Peach Tart said...

I love to snack on cheese and crackers and apple slices.

Tater Tot Mom said...

Yes, I'm a snacker. Unfortunately, when I do snack it's not usually a healthy choice. I'm trying to do better though!

plainolebob said...

Betty, I am a snakin fool, healthy snacks, unhealthy snacks, light snacks, hefty snacks, man i just love to snack, on my head stone it will say "sponsored by frito lay"
Now as far as that pretty table, I woulda ate that up in ten minutes, good thing you got a picture,lol,
BIG BIG HUGS

Ekanthapadhikan said...

I love snacking but have never tried anything healthy. It's always potato chips or tapioca chips or at times peanuts...

Conquer The Monkey said...

def. love to snack, but could do better to snack healthier :) great post

Farila said...

I love snacking but I am not smart snacking like you...
The pics look Yummy enough to make one lick the monitor.. LOL

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Cairo Typ0 said...

I love snacking a little too much! LOL I need to try and keep teh healthy stuff around more often.

athina said...

I love snacking too!

Kate said...

I have a total weakness for hummus which is great with celery. I love snacking too

Kate x

plainolebob said...

Betty , that green mexican dip, man I love that stuff too, can't spell it but it sounds loke "gookamonkey" or somethin like that.
I hope I did that award thing right too.
BIG HUGS

Lynn said...

Oh I am the late night snacking queen! I really try to keep it healthy but at times it can get out of hand. You suggested some yummy alternatives to some of the things I try and get away with.. :o)

My best, Lynn

love lives in the kitchen said...

oh how lovely these cookies look! i love snacking too ;)
have a great day!
justyna

Traci Lavette said...

I soooooo love snacking and I sooooo love your sharing the goodies. I will be in the spirit of what you blessed us with here.

Thanks!

yonca said...

I love all kind of nuts! My son eats only peanuts. Great photos. Yum!!!

Betty's Cuisine said...

who doesn't???
ωραίες οι θηκούλες με τα όσπρια !!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I recently found this ready made fruit mix at our store--it's like a jug full of grapes, pineapple, berries and melon and cantelope--perfect for both Ben and I to snack on!

Sassy Chica said...

up until recently I also loved snacking on junk food, it was an all time favorite of mine....I have since then changed my options and added more fruit and nuts and it seems to curb the appeitite better than junk food, which kept me wanting for more. Great post!

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

bonequinhoda bic said...

Now you made me hungry :(

Nikki said...

Mmmm I do love snacking! Those snacks looks soo yummy. I love having almonds and dried cranberrys, I just got a food dryer, so we'll see how it goes!

big mama said...

I love snacking. Το κακό είναι ότι δε μπορώ να σταματήσω:)

Just Playin' said...

I love snacking....at night! It is my heart's desire. Mostly healthy but sometimes too much. My healthy winners are almonds, apples, green tea, PB on whole wheat. I'm not tellin' about the 'not healthies'. This kind of post helps us keep on track...motivational to me.

I Wonder Wye said...

I try not to. I have a weakness for hummus (red roasted pepper type) and Stacy's pita chips, though...and if I am out I keep some chocolate nut power bars in the car...nuts and fruit are so sublime...

Melissa B. said...

I love snacking on healthy foods. But I *heart* chocolate more, I think...

Brian, the old man said...

Sure I love snacking. But I, like you, eat healthier snacks. I no longer will sit down in front of the TV with a bag of chips. I plan better now and make the healthier choice.

Pat said...

I do love snacking; unfortunately all the bad stuff! But if we don't but it then we don't eat it. So I try to grab a piece of fruit or cheese instead.

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Gloria said...

I absolutely adore snacking. Couldn't get by without it. I also adore the healthy alternatives and make things such as flax seed crackers in my solar dehydator, homemade yoghurt, mung bean sprouts etc etc. In fact the only snack I do buy ready made is the occasional bar of good quality white chocolate.

Thanks for coming by and leaving me comments. It was so amazing to see the many many of my lovelies that came by to visit during my absence.

Have a great weekend!

Turquoise Diaries said...

I ma not a big fan of vegetables but I could live happily with almonds and nuts..

cupcakes.gr said...

It is better for me not to be home during the day because I like snacking too much!!

Traci said...

I am a huge snacker! Unfortunately, I can't say that I am a healthy snacker like you. Your pictures, however, inspired me to rethink that. You have inspired me today.
:-)

Yael said...

I have been a chronic snacker all my life. Unfortunately, it has never been the good stuff. I am in the process of "relearning" how to snack in a more postive and healthy manner, so your snack ideas are great! Must be working- have lost 8 kilo so far!

Helene said...

Do I love snacks? Uh, yes...as I sit here chomping on my kids' Halloween candy. NOw I feel all guilty for not eating something healthy...maybe I'll eat a carrot before I eat another Milky Way.

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh yeah, I love snacking.

I snack on chips. Shame on me.

Or chocolate.

Or ice cream.

A Cuban In London said...

In my case I go for nuts. Cashews, Brazils, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans. They're not only healthy but a good source of vitamins.

Good post. I think that it hsould be read by everyone who ever thought of starving him/herself to death by not eating.

Greetings from London.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Yael, I am glad to hear that!Good for you.

Helene, a carrot! it would be great!!


Whisperer writer, oh, how I love those!

From the O-Zone said...

I love snacking. In fact, I consider sit-down meals to be an unnecessary interruption. My favorite snack? Whatever I can find.

ritsa said...

Thanks for these. I lve healthy food.

michael said...

I should follow these choices.

PopisK said...

I love snacking, but not the healthy one.

Ted said...

Love your choices.

Peter said...

Good choices. I love snacking.

sonia said...

I like snacking I have potatoes chips.Bad!

Nelly said...

Loved your post!
much love

Georgia said...

What lovely cookies!.Yes, I love snacking.
Much love

Laura said...

WOW! snacking ! Love the cookies!

Cheri Pryor said...

Snacking is what prompted me to start running. lol!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I have a pack of nuts in my desk drawer right now and I'll snack on those a bit before lunch so I don't overeat then. Healthy snacking is def the way to go.

Thanks for stopping in for sharing in my SITS day last week. STill playing catch up!