What are healthy snacks to keep on hand?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
You are what you eat -- and you eat what you have on hand. So bag the chips and fill your pantry with healthy staples. Instead of a pan of brownies on the counter, have a bowl of fresh fruit, which cues you to indulge in a healthy snack. Gradually remove the no-nutrition items from your pantry and replace with healthy staples like oatmeal, brown rice and other grains, beans, savory spreads like pesto and hummus, nut butters, nuts and seeds, olive oil, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and aromatic herbs and spices to dress your meals up.
Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Keep fruit, veggies or nuts on hand at all times. Once a week I make sure that I have simple things on hand for those times that I feel like I want a crunchy or sweet snack. Rather than eating candy or cookies, I reach for fresh strawberries, an orange, baby carrots with cream cheese or a handful of cashews or almonds. It's hard to resist something crunchy or sweet in the afternoon when our energy levels start to dip. So be prepared for the munchies with nature's original fast foods and you'll avoid the extra 200 to 300 calories that could add up to a pound per week in weight loss!

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