EAT WELL tip: Snacking has gotten a bad rap, thanks to our tendency to choose empty-calorie snack foods like candy or chips to ease between-meal cravings. But when your stomach starts growling hours before your next meal, a healthy snack is actually a good idea, to hold off hunger and keep energy levels high. A healthy snack should have enough calories to be satisfying, but not so many that the snack becomes a meal; less fat and saturated fat than other similar snacks; whole grain and fiber, protein, and/or other nutrients that give them staying power. Trail mixes are easy to make and store well in a sealed container or ziploc bag. Items to include: low-fat granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits like raisins, apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries. Stop by the Breezeway today from 1-3 pm to make a healthy snack pack to go!
QUIT on MONDAY tip: Quitting smoking may increase your snacking so instead of choosing unhealthy snack foods try eating healthy snacks, like cut up veggies, fruit, or almonds or pistachios (in limited amounts).
MELLOW OUT MONDAY tip: Often when we are stressed many of us turn to high calorie comfort foods such as ice-cream, cookies, mac n' cheese, and chips. Next time try healthier alternatives such as almonds, blueberries, cottage cheese, or fish that not only contain vitamins and nutrients but some studies have suggested can help relieve stress as well. Stop by the MSE Library, Q-level, from 8-10 pm tonight and get a free back-rub from Stressbusters.