It's day 28 for those New Year's resolutions. How are you doing?
Hopefully, if you resolved to eat healthier and set some realistic goals to eat healthier, you are still on track. If not, it's not too late to start by focusing on small steps that fit your lifestyle. Remember to start simple.
One step to consider is choosing healthier snacks. The majority of snacks are calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, meaning calories far outweigh any benefits from candies, pastries, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, sweet rolls, doughnuts and sugared beverages. Some snack foods like chips, rich crackers and buttered popcorn are high in fat and sodium.
Choosing nutrient-dense options for snacks instead of nutrient-poor and calorie-dense options is a step in the right direction, but it may be easier said than done with Super Bowl parties on the horizon.
While snacks are intended to satisfy hunger between meals, the urge to munch can be triggered by boredom, frustration, stress, or, in the case of this Sunday, a social occasion.
It's not as hard as you might think to prepare snacks from the five food groups for a winning Super Bowl spread.
For starters, arrange fresh whole fruit like apples, pears, bananas, grapes, oranges, Clementines and pomegranates in a large fruit bowl or on serving trays. Serving a wide variety of raw vegetables like carrot sticks, cucumber slices, radishes, zucchini slices, yellow squash slices and celery sticks to name a few will be appreciated. A low-fat hummus or low-fat ranch dressing can be a healthy dip.
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Recipe makes 8 servings
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch chunks
½ cup Greek fat-free yogurt
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup raisins
1½ cups grated or finely chopped Fuji or gala apples
40 fresh spinach leaves, washed and dried (about 1 cup tightly packed)
8 whole grain-bread slices
Nutrition information: This recipe makes 4 cups of chicken salad for eight ½-cup servings. Each ½-cup serving of chicken salad contains approximately 117 calories and 2 grams fat. This nutrition information does not include the bread because that will vary with the bread you use.