Snack with Success: National Nutrition Month
Are you an expert snacker? We’ll learn more as we celebrate National Nutrition Month. Every meal matters, including those snacks throughout your day. You can choose to snack wisely or with wonder about your choice. As podiatrists, we see the negative impact of unhealthy food choices on overall health. The impact is from your head to your feet.
If you’re planning for your teen’s snacks or your own at work, follow along with the doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group. We’re sharing tips provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here are five ways to eat well:
Start at home
Have you considered making your snacks at home? Prepping at home gives you confidence about each ingredient. For example, you can create a trail mix using whole-grain cereal, unsalted nuts, dried fruit, and more. It’s delicious and diet-friendly.
Add veggies to a favorite
Veggie pizza? Yes, please. Instead of traditional pizza crust, use a whole-wheat English muffin. Choose fresh vegetables and low-fat cheese as your toppings.
Snack without a schedule
Before you think of munching, ask yourself this question: Am I hungry? If the answer is “no,” then there is no need to eat. Only take a food break when your body says it’s time. Don’t feel the need to eat when everyone else does the same.
Add it to a skewer
Have you tried delicious veggie skewers? Take your vegetables of choice and pair them with low-fat cheese and lean lunch meat. It is so much fun to eat these healthy skewers.
Pop up with popcorn
Air-popped popcorn is a quick and easy treat. Have you tasted it with grated cheese or even some spices? Have fun with your snacks!
A successful day of snacking can carry you well into dinner time. Choose wisely during the day while enjoying a great taste. There’s a myth that healthy food can’t be tasty. Get creative in the kitchen and enjoy healthy food breaks in a new way. Invite your family to share some of their favorite treats. If there is a way to reduce the sugar or make it at home, you’re off to a wonderful beginning.
At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.