Healthy snacks for every attack

The Optimal Snack Equation-

Let's face it: No nosh is perfect. But some come close. When choosing a snack, try to hit the nutritional targets below.

About 200 calories: This is enough to keep your ... more 
The Optimal Snack Equation-

Let's face it: No nosh is perfect. But some come close. When choosing a snack, try to hit the nutritional targets below.

About 200 calories: This is enough to keep your metabolism humming, says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian in Detroit.

At least 3 grams of fiber: Fiber is digested slowly and helps sustain your energy. It also absorbs water and expands in your stomach to keep you full.

At least 5 grams of protein: "Protein releases a hormone in the body that increases satiety," says Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City.

No more than 12 grams of fat: This will help ensure that you don't get more than 20 to 35 percent of your daily calories from fat, which is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommendation.

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