10 Light Snacks That Won't Derail Your Diet

Smart Snacking

Follow these tips to find the healthiest snacks:

  • Read Down:
  • Whole grains, vegetables, and other natural foods should be at the top of the ingredient list.
  • Count Ingredients:
  • The fewer, the better--unless all 20 are vegetables.
  • Sound It Out:
  • Ingredients that are hard to pronounce are usually additives, preservatives, and chemicals.
  • Avoid Trans Fats:
  • They raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.
  • Control Portions:
  • Stick to the serving size, and never snack right out of the bag.

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DIY Dips

Pair your healthy choice with these tasty homemade dips, made with simple ingredients, complex flavor.

Spicy Red Pepper*

  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Dash salt and pepper

White Bean Garlic*

  • 1 head oven-roasted garlic
  • 1 15-oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Dash salt and pepper

*Combine ingredients in a blender and whirl

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