Healthy foods nutritionists snack on each day

We all need a little treat to help us through the day, and these are actually good for you

Snacks Nutritionists Eat Every Day.'Eat This, Not That!' asked 15 dietitian-nutritionists what they snack on every day. Here are some of their choices.Granny Smith Apple.Granny Smith Apples, specifically cut into thin slices, makes it more satisfying to snack on. They're sweet yet tart and crisp making them the perfect snack!, Julie Lichtman, RDN, LD, a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian.Lime Chips and Fresh Guacamole.The combination of flavors is so satisfying and with the healthy fat and whole-grain carbohydrate, it makes for a satisfying snack that holds me over to the next meal!, Christa Brown, MS, RDN, registered dietitian and owner of Christa Brown Dietitian LLC.Eggs.Hard-boiled with a little everything bagel seasoning or mashed with a little avocado, eggs are a daily part of my snacking life because they are so nutrient-dense!, Liz Shaw, MS, RD, LD, registered dietitian and author of 'Air Fryer For Dummies'.Hummus and Vegetables.Raw vegetables offer a satisfying crunch, and the protein in the hummus helps keep me full between meals, Brianna Baker, MS, RDN, LD, a Houston-based registered dietitian. Kiwis.... data suggests that eating two of these fruits before bed results in falling asleep 42% more quickly when compared with people who don't enjoy these tasty treats at nighttime, Brittany Scanniello, RD, LD, a Colorado-based registered dietitian

We all love our snacks — after all, today is National Junk Food Day. Snacks not only hold us over until our next big meal, but they also satisfy our need for crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory treats.

Too much snacking on the wrong foods, however, can lead to health problems. So “Eat This, Not That” asked some nutritionists what they munch on every day.

Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RD, a registered dietitian and owner of Bucket List Tummy, prefers granola, “because it’s crunchy and satisfying, filing and offers a balanced mix of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber,” she told “Eat This, Not That.” “I love adding it to my oatmeal or yogurt for some crunch, or even eating a handful with a spoonful of peanut butter.”

Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, co-author The Menopause Diet Plan, prefers a snack that helps her bones, heart and brain. “Every day I have plain Greek yogurt and frozen cherries (I microwave them for about 30 seconds first). The cherries are so naturally sweet that I don’t have to add any sugar to the yogurt. Nutrition-wise, this snack helps me to include a serving of fruit and dairy”

Rice cakes have a bad reputation for not having a lot of flavor. But Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, creator of Mama Knows Nutrition, knows how to jazz them up with both flavor and nutrition. “My go-to snack is a brown rice cake topped with mashed avocado and flaky sea salt. … The fat from the avocado is so satisfying that it completely tides me over until dinner. I love the crunch of the rice cake, and I choose brown rice cakes for the fiber.”

Tejal Pathak, MS, RD, CDCES, registered dietitian and owner of TejRD, prefers baby cucumbers because they’re easy to carry around and need no refrigeration. “With 95% water it is great for hydration, it is also low glycemic food, provides cardiovascular benefits and can aid with regular bowel movement.”

When Theresa Gentile, MS, RDN, CDN, a Brooklyn-based registered dietitian, has the munchies, she turns to a treat we likely all have in our pantries: peanut butter. “I snack on peanut butter every day. … Sometimes I’ll put it on a rice cake, or in a smoothie, or sometimes I eat it alongside an apple.”

Just remember that snacking isn’t bad for you, but what you snack on can be. Instead of sweets or fried treats, pick foods with protein, healthy fat and/or fiber to get you through the day.

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