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Sensible Snacking: Eat This, Not That (page 2)

Sensible Snacking: Eat This, Not That

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Updated on Apr 22, 2011

When picking snacks, it’s common to reach for what’s easy and tasty: desserts, fried foods, and carbs. Below, Zinczenko offers alternatives:

Fats/Oils
  • Eat This: olive/canola oil, fats from nuts, avocado                                
  • Not That: stick margarine, palm oil
Dairy
  • Eat This: 2 percent milk, string/cottage cheese, plain yogurt
  • Not That: chocolate milk, ice cream, “fruit on the bottom” yogurt

Meat, Fish, Poultry                                         

  • Eat This: grilled chicken breast, roast pork tenderloin, sirloin steak
  • Not That: chicken fingers, cheeseburgers, crispy chicken sandwiches
Veggies           
  • Eat This: sauteed spinach, steamed broccoli, roasted mushrooms, baby carrots
  • Not That: chips, onion rings, eggplant parmesan                                                                   
Fruit
  • Eat This: sliced apples/pears, stone fruit (plums, apricots), 100 percent fruit smoothies
  • Not That: smoothies made with sherbet/frozen yogurt, more than one 8-oz. glass of juice/day
Grains
  • Eat This: brown rice, whole grain bread/pasta, oatmeal
  • Not That: pasta, muffins, tortillas, pancakes, heavily sweetened cereal                                         
Eating Out

Finally, if you must eat out, choose sensibly. “The restaurant industry has declared war on our kids’ waistlines,” says Zinczenko. The Big Dipper French Toastix at Denny’s, Turkey Minis and Fries at Ruby Tuesday’s, and Chicken Lo Mein at P.F. Chang’s, for example, are among the worst 20 meals for your child.

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