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Healthy Snacks
We all get the urge to munch something between meals and go out of our way to avoid doing so in the name of health. If you are one of those people who avoid snacking and waits for mealtimes instead, think again. A large number of Snacks are designed for the health conscious so that you no longer need to put up with those hunger cramps. Just exercise moderation in the quantity and frequency of Snacking and you need not feel guilty about indulging in something before a meal. Besides, Snacks help you to
stay off from Binging on meals, they provide the required energy and nutrients and satisfy small appetites. Here's a list of quick and easy to prepare recipes for healthy snacks which can be eaten by kids and adults alike.

  • Roll a thin slice of ham around a part-skim mozzarella string cheese. Eat with a few olives, grapes, and roasted bell peppers drizzled with balsamic vinegar. It contains almost a quarter of a woman’s recommended calcium intake.

  • Layer a mini corn or flour tortilla with 2 tablespoons of low-fat cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese. Microwave until the cheese melts. Slice into bite sized pieces and eat with some kind of a dip or low fat ketchup.

  • Spread ½ teaspoon of spicy mustard on a small slice of thin whole-grain rye bread. Add a thin square of sharp Cheddar and broil until the cheese melts, then top with a slice of tomato and a sprinkling of caraway seeds. This too is rich in Calcium.

  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan evenly over a 4-inch whole-wheat pita. Dust with ¼ teaspoon dried oregano and broil until the cheese browns. Cut into quarters. Good balance of protein, fat and fiber.

  • Toast one half of an English muffin, top it wit a thin slice of Canadian bacon, a tomato slice and a thin slice of low fat American cheese. Microwave until cheese melts.
Research has proved that ‘Snacking’ is not unhealthy if the kind of food we snack on is taken into consideration. In fact it has also been proved that 4-5 light meals in a day is much better as compared to the traditional 2-3 large meals set-up. So don’t avoid Snacking, instead plant it. Eat healthy low fat snacks when you are hungry and stop eating when you’re comfortable. Most of us tend to eat till we’re stuffed, however there’s a fine line between comfortable and stuffed. Also remember that we don’t start digesting what we have eaten till about 20 minutes after eating it, so don’t keep eating thinking that you are still hungry because you’ll be nauseous after 20 minutes. Another thing to do is chew slowly and slice the snacks which can be sliced into small slices. The slower you chew, the better it is for your metabolism. Happy Snacking!