Snacking To Help Manage Weight

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Americans love to snack almost as much as we want to lose weight. However, according to recent research by the USDA, those snacking habits are adding too many calories and too few nutrients to your diet.

Here are a few smarter snacks that will help keep your body energized and help you keep your waistline slim for years to come.

First up, an apple and a glass of skim milk.Doctors said this duo will give you 10 grams of protein and five grams of fiber for just about 200 calories. It will also help sustain your energy and hunger levels for at least a few hours.

Another healthy option is eating canned tuna on whole wheat crackers. For about 200 calories you can enjoy six crackers topped with light tuna. Not only is it a great source of lean protein, but it gives you some healthy Omega-3s to keep your heart healthy.

Lastly, nutritionists recommend a power berry smoothie.

Mix this healthy option up with soy protein, low fat plain yogurt and your choice of frozen berries. You'll get some protein and some fiber, and all for about 140 calories.

Just a word of advice, doctors said the thicker you make the smoothie, the more full you'll feel after drinking it.

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