Healthy snacks can help you get through the day

Posted at 4:11 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 16:11:10-04

(CNN) - Everybody knows that proper nutrition is a key part of good health.

But when energy lags and you need a snack to keep going, it can be tempting to reach for something sugary instead of something good for you.

Because there’s so much temptation, snacking has a bad image for some. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

A healthy snack can provide energy in the middle of the day and keep you from overeating at meal time.

So try these healthy snack hacks.

First and foremost – avoid the junk food. If you have to keep sugary snacks in your home, put them where they’re hard to see or reach.

Don’t spend money on pre-packaged snacks.

Buy healthful choices in bulk and divide out the portions yourself at home.

This will keep you from eating too much at one time.

Give your veggies a kick with healthy dips or spreads – like humus or tzatziki.

Try to vary your vegetables to include green, red and orange options.

Bring your ready-to-eat snacks so you have power over you’re your snack choices.

Stock up on whole fruits like bananas, apples and oranges – they’re easy to throw in a bag and provide natural sugars rather than the processed kind.

And give yourself a nutrient blast by combining food groups – yogurt and berries, apples and peanut butter, or whole grain crackers with turkey and avocado.

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