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Health Tip: Snack Smartly

-- Snacking shouldn't imply stuffing yourself between meals with junk food, experts say.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says snacking smartly can help you get valuable nutrients and help you avoid overeating.

Here are the academy's suggestions:

  • Keep a variety of healthy snacks at home, work and in your bag. Options may include: trail mix, whole-grain crackers, instant oatmeal, dried fruit, low-fat cheese and low-fat or fat-free yogurt.
  • Stick to small portions, rather than eating out of a large container.
  • Don't snack when you are stressed, bored or lonely. Snack only when you feel hungry.
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Posted: July 2012