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Healthful Snacking

It's perfectly okay to munch between meals--if you choose the right foods.

Nutritious Recipes:

1. Chunky Black Bean Salsa

2. Cranberry-Cinnamon Granola Bars

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3. Creamy Vegetable Dip

4. Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

5. Yogurt-Fruit Smoothie

Three square meals a day--with never an extra bite in between--was once the golden rule for a healthy diet. Nowadays, though, there's a better approach. While not eating between meals can result in low blood sugar (which leaves you famished and lethargic), snacking actually increases energy levels and boosts metabolism as it helps curb hunger pangs. Plus, you won't inhale your next meal and wind up feeling uncomfortably full.

The challenge today is finding healthy snacks--especially in the South with our down-home cooking. Try these easy and nutritious treats. Cranberry-Cinnamon Granola Bars and Lemon-Blueberry Muffins are ideal for taking to work or on a road trip--and kids love them.

Snacking Smart

Just as we should hydrate ourselves throughout the day, we also need to nourish our bodies. Here are some guidelines for healthful snacking.

For more information on healthful snacking, visit the American Dietetic Association at eatright.org.

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