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The New Year is in full swing and we’ve all been CRUSHING our vows to begin/maintain a healthful lifestyle! BUT- lets be honest… we all think about those tempting treats and sweets we’ve hidden out of sight. These foods have given snacking a “bad rap”, when in reality snacking is just as important as eating 3 well-balanced meals a day.

Mindful snacking is healthful snacking. Consuming one snack in between each “main meal” will keep your body fueled throughout the day. The key is to choose foods that are high in protein and fiber to prevent feeling ravenous when meal time comes around.

Opt for these snacks to tackle the cravings!

Crunchy-Salty: 3 cups Air Popped Popcorn with a pinch of Sea Salt

Popcorn is a whole grain that provides 31 calories per cup. In order to get a full serving of whole grains, you need to eat three full cups. Popcorn is also high in fiber, very low in fat, and contains no salt or sugar.

Smooth-Salty: 4 oz low-fat cottage cheese

Smooth-Sweet: Banana with 1 tbsp Peanut Butter