- The key to healthily fending off the munchies is having a stash of good-for-you grab-and-go options available. Of course, fruit and vegetables are an ideal choice, but you’re not as likely to opt for them if they’re not “prepared” first. Cut up melon, pineapple, oranges, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini, and store in plastic bags or tubs. This way you’ll be more likely to munch on them first because you’ll have quick and easy access to them.
- Have hummus on hand and use as a dip to add flavor and substance to those fruits and vegetables. Made from chickpeas, it’s a great way to add a little protein to the vegetable snacks. Peanut butter is another protein-packed option that’s a natural on celery or bananas. But try to limit yourself to a tablespoon or two at most—calories can add up in a hurry.
- Popcorn is a delicious, crunchy and filling snack. Pop your own and skip the butter, or try one of the several reduced-fat microwave popcorns. You can eat it plain, or add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little sugar, seasoned salt or a bit of dry ranch salad dressing mix.
- Soup is a great, wholesome snack for the kids after school. They’ll love Campbell’s® Condensed Kids’ variety of soups for their fun flavors and cool pasta shapes—you’ll love them because they’re healthy, and many contain whole grain noodles and 1/2 a serving of vegetables. Float a fewPepperidge Farm® Cheddar Made with Whole Grain Goldfish® crackers in the soup for a simple crunchy treat.
- Drink a glass of water before snacking on anything. A lot of times, we think we’re hungry when, in fact, our body actually needs fluids.
- Avoid snacking while watching TV.
- Don’t eat out of the fridge or standing up. Sit down at the table to snack.
- Portion snacks out so you know exactly how much you’re consuming.
- Go for 100% whole grains—they contain fiber and can help keep you satisfied.
- Remember to eat slowly and enjoy your food.
Top 10 Snacks for Home
- Apple and peanut butter on a toasted Pepperidge Farm® whole grain English muffin
- Smoothies made with fruits, 100% fruit juice (such as V8® V-Fusion) and blended with yogurt and ice
- Dips—hummus, yogurt, cottage cheese or Pace® Chunky Salsa are great with Pepperidge Farm® Baked Naturals Wheat Crisps
- Single-serving pizzas made with Pepperidge Farm® 7-Grain Deli Flats or whole wheat pita bread,Prego® pasta sauces, part-skim mozzarella and your favorite vegetables
- Fruit-and-yogurt parfaits
- A bowl of broth-based soup or Select Harvest® soups
- Hard-cooked eggs
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Unbuttered, herb-seasoned popcorn
- A piece of fruit and low-fat cheese
Snacks don’t have to be “chewable” in order to satisfy. Get out the blender or use your freezer to create beverage-based snacks:
- Slushes made from ripe fruits blended with 100% juice like V-Fusion® or vitamin-fortified V8 Splash® and ice. Trying to save calories? Add V-Fusion Light or Diet Splash to your smoothie.
- Homemade popsicles made with puréed fruit (try cantaloupe or watermelon!).
- Frosty floats (fruit juices and splash of club soda with a scoop of sherbet or frozen yogurt).
- Cubes of frozen puréed strawberries in fresh lemonade.
- Stir a can of drained crushed pineapple into Pace® Chunky Salsa and serve with sticks of jicama and snow peas.
- Yogurt is a perfect dip for fruits like pineapple or mango spears, strawberries and chunks of melon. Stir a touch of honey or pure maple syrup into plain yogurt or use vanilla-flavored varieties.
- Hummus is delicious with fresh carrot sticks and strips of red bell pepper but can be high in fat and calories. Limit your portion to no more than a couple of tablespoons.
- Dunk fresh zucchini spears or string cheese into Prego® sauces.
- Guacamole made from avocados is nutritious but can be high in fat and calories. Serve up a small portion with cucumber spears, grape tomatoes or cooked shrimp.
- Season cottage cheese with dried herbs or spices and serve with carrot sticks, cucumbers orPepperidge Farm® Baked Naturals crackers.
- Lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower flowerets taste great dipped into ranch dressing made with plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
- Try a vegetable-based dip, such as caponata, on toasted bread or Pepperidge Farm® toasted whole grain crackers.