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3 Strategies to Make Snack Time Healthy

Your vow to stay away from junk food is a doable goal, but when it's late and you're hungry, making a healthy snack doesn't sound quite as appetizing as devouring a package of cookies. Here's how to make sure you stay on a healthy track when it comes to snacks.

Prep ahead: Carve out time on the weekend to make your favorite healthy snacks that will keep throughout the week. Now you have something healthy to reach for when you're making a split-second, hunger-induced decision. Cut up veggies, make your own preservative-free energy bars, or throw together salsa or hummus. Get inspired with these homemade healthy snack ideas and more here.

Stock this, not that: Saving calories later starts with healthy choices at the supermarket now. Steer clear of the bag of chips you've promised yourself you'll keep only for cheat days; when you're hungry, it can be hard to say no if it's already in your cupboard. Instead, stock up on healthy ready-to-eat options, like yogurt, nuts, fruit, or hummus. Keeping the bad stuff out of your kitchen and healthy stuff at the ready will make the choice easy.

Blend away: Whipping up a smoothie is a quick and easy way to maximize nutrients without requiring too much thought or prep. Keep basic ingredients like ice, protein powder, Greek yogurt, frozen berries, and leafy greens on hand so a healthy and filling snack is only minutes away. No matter what your mood, here are over 25 healthy smoothie recipes to make.

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