Between school, homework, sports, your after-school job, and hanging out with friends, it may feel like there's no time for healthy eating. And when you do stop to eat, it's probably tempting to go the quick and easy route by grabbing a burger and fries, potato chips, or candy.
To keep energy levels going — and avoid weight gain — steer clear of foods with lots of simple carbohydrates (sugars) like candy bars or soda. Look for foods that contain complex carbohydrates like whole-grain breads and cereals and combine them with protein-rich snacks such as peanut butter or low-fat yogurt or cheese.
What is a good snack?
|1 cup (8 oz.) of milk
1 cup (8 oz.) of yogurt
1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 slices of swiss cheese
1/2 cup of low-fat pudding
1/2 cup of low-fat frozen yogurt
|3 cups popcorn (with a little butter or margarine)
5 whole grain crackers with a slice of cheese
1/2 cup of any whole grain cereal or oatmeal with low-fat milk
|If you want something...||Eat|
|Juicy or Sweet||Fruit|
|Crunchy||Raw vegetables, crackers, toast, nuts, pumpkin seeds|
|For warmth||Soups, cider, or herbal tea|
|For thirst||100% vegetable of fruit juice, milk, or yogurt shakes|