Feed Your Head: Cravings Quenchers
Fruit smoothies, nachos, frozen yogurt, and other snacks make great healthy -- and tasty -- treats.
Cereals. Choose high-fiber, low-sugar cereals like oatmeal.
Yogurt/frozen yogurt. "We don't drink milk at my house, so yogurt
is one of our calcium sources," she says. Yogurt doesn't need sugar to
taste good. Buy plain yogurt and add something to it, like low-fat granola and
fruit, for a truly healthy snack.
Candy bars. If you opt for mini-sized -- not supersized -- candy is
OK. "Almost every day, I have a little bit of chocolate," says Magee.
"If you deprive yourself, you'll end up compulsively overeating."
Popsicles/frozen fruit bars. Fine snack. "There are some
excellent, 100% fruit-juice choices out there."
Vegetables. "Awesome, awesome, awesome snack," says Magee.
"I have lot of success with my kids eating vegetables. I usually have a
dip, like light ranch dip, and assorted vegetables on a platter."
Cake. Duh. Much as we love it, cake is not a great everyday snack.
"When I'm talking about snack, I mean a nourishing snack, a healthy snack,
a mini-meal," says Magee.
Peanut butter. It's OK, but only if you just eat a tablespoon, and
just with wholegrain crackers or toast.
Granola bars. The chewier they are, the more sugar and fat they have,
Magee tells WebMD. "The healthy ones are crunchy, and not coated in
chocolate. You can make you own; there are good recipes out there, then you can
choose the oil, fruits, grains that go into them."
Chips/nachos. Low-fat chips, canola oil chips are OK -- "but
you're better off eating a real potato," says Magee.
Better yet, make a family-sized nacho platter with reduced-fat tortilla
chips, fat-free vegetarian refried beans, chopped tomatoes, peppers, sour
cream, shredded chicken, low-fat shredded cheese. "You can make it a meal
if you add something nourishing to the chips," she says. Now that's a