Fad diets will come and go. Between the South Beach Diet, the Three Day Diet, the Weight Watchers Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Liquid Diet, we’ll lose our minds trying to figure out that perfect storm to help us reach a healthy weight.

Instead, why not go back to the basics and consider eating healthy and balanced choices, as the food pyramid dictates. This most basic lesson from childhood can be quickly pushed aside for favorite foods and convenience foods. Yet here are some healthy snacks you soon won’t be able to live without.

Do you rarely have time for a pleasant sit-down breakfast? Luckily, there are a number of morning-friendly, healthy food snacks to wake up your metabolism and provide you with the nutrients you need to get a fresh start.

Healthy Food Snacks To Boost Your Metabolism

For a quick solution, try half a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread, low-sugar whole-grain granola bars (with at least 3 grams of fiber), 4-6 ounces of low-fat yogurt, some high-fiber cereal with dried fruit or a bowl of instant oatmeal with sliced peaches, if you’ve got five minutes.

For lunch, you can boost your mind and body with a number of healthy snacks. Versatile bananas can be eaten as is, sliced up and tossed in cereal, sliced and eaten with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, blended in a low-fat milk smoothie or eaten with peanut butter on a slice of whole grain bread.

Get Your Vitamins And Minerals

This healthy diet snack will give you vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, manganese and 460 milligrams of potassium. Yogurt is another sensible snack in the dairy foods section. You can eat it as is, dip your fruit in it, add crunched up granola bars or granola cereal to it or try the portable Go-Gurt snack.

The protein, calcium, potassium and probiotics improve gastro-intestinal health and enhance immune system functioning, while delivering healthy nutrients.

100 Calorie Pack Of Your Favourite Foods

Manufacturers have responded to the growing demand for healthy snacks with 100-calorie packs of our favorite foods. We can now find everything from potato chips and sun chips to chocolate cookies and crackers in these portable, portion-controlled packages. On one hand, these snacks are a great way to enjoy what we love most and sort of meet our cravings half-way.

However, American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Marisa Moore RD warns us, “The 100-calorie snacks lack staying power, and as a result can lead to premature hunger and a higher calorie intake in the end.”

Baylor nutrition professor Suzy Weema adds, “We need to focus on foods that are needed for good health, and while these snacks are controlled in calories, they tend to provide few nutrients.” The consensus seems to be that 100-calorie packs are good to have around the house but we shouldn’t rely on them solely as meal substitutes.

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More Facts About Snack Foods

Millions of children and adults reach for an afternoon pick up each day. It has been hours since lunch and it will be a while before you are able to sit down for dinner. Do you turn to the vending machine? Do you pack your own snack foods that are more nutritious? You have a lot more choices than you think. Sure the chocolate cakes in the office machine or the convenient store look great but they are not so great for you.

Whether or not you elect to go with a traditional snack food or a more nutritious health food, snack foods have been around for quite some time. They are here to stay and this article will let you in on the history and facts associated with some of those delightful snacks that you love to munch on.