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3 Healthy Snack Makeovers

If you make these choices, snacking can actually be good for you.

  from Magic Foods

It’s 3:00 p.m., and your energy is dipping, as are your eyelids. You’re thinking about raiding the vending machine, and your resolve is weakening. The good news: Snacking is good for you because going too long without eating sets you up for a huge blood sugar dip that could wreck your Magic eating for the rest of the day. The bad news: Most of the snacks in the vending machine are rotten choices.

Our Top Three Snacking Guidelines

1. Pack your snack with your lunch. It’s easy enough to grab some carrot or celery sticks, some grapes or grape tomatoes, a container of yogurt, or some nuts and stick them in your “lunchbox.”

2. Stay away from chips and go easy on pretzels, which are not much more than white flour, with barely any protein to balance it out.

3. Seek out protein. Peanut butter, nuts, yogurt, and even a hard-boiled egg are good snack sources.