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Something to Nosh On
A handful of chips, a few nuts and a couple pieces of candy don't seem like much, but snacking calories add up fast. When shopping for snacks and treats to have out at your holiday gatherings, always check the serving size and servings per package and compare the Nutrition Facts and ingredient lists so you can choose the healthiest option. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when deciding what bowls of snacks to deck your halls with:
- When choosing chips, crackers or cookies pick those with healthier fats like nonhydrogenated soy, canola, corn or with high-oleic sunflower or canola oil or low-linolenic soybean oil.
- Low-fat or even fat-free crackers include bread sticks, graham crackers, melba toasts, rice crackers and matzos. Some may be made with whole grains, too.
- Pretzels, baked chips or plain popcorn are a low-fat and crunchy snack. And some are available to help reduce how much sodium you eat.
- When buying cookies remember that low-fat and sugar-free doesn't mean low-calorie. Animal crackers, fig bars, gingersnaps and vanilla wafers are usually lower in calories, fat and added sugars.
For more information on leading a healthier lifestyle this holiday season and all year, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Holiday Nutrition Section.
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