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VOLUME 2 • NUMBER 2 • February 2016

Healthy Snacking and Seniors

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can be a difficult task for people of all ages. With temptation around every corner, it's completely normal to feel the urge to snack on unhealthy food. There are several ways you can modify healthier foods to more closely match the flavors and textures of what you are craving. The food you snack on should be fulfilling and have as much nutritional value as a miniature version of a real meal. These mini-meals should provide you with enough energy to sustain you for the next 2-3 hours.

Here are some helpful snack ideas:

  • Plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt topped with berries or granola
  • Whole grain, low-fat crackers with light spreadable cheese
  • Halved cherry tomatoes with goat cheese and basil
  • Brown rice with black beans and bell peppers
  • Hummus with baby carrots and broccoli
  • Half an avocado filled with cottage cheese
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg spiced baked apples
  • Sliced fruit and celery with nut butter or a light yogurt dip

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
Start on your journey to health by taking the first step towards a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Try supplementing your everyday meals with healthy snacks using the suggestions above. These measures have one unique thing in common—any person of any age can make these changes. The steps are not expensive or difficult to take, and even modest health improvements will make a big difference. When you make the choice to replace the unhealthy snacks you want with the healthy snacks your body needs, you'll notice an incredible improvement in your mood, attitude, productivity, and energy levels. This new lifestyle will even make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight. What's more, regularly swapping out junk food for healthier options can boost your immune system and help protect you from illness, disease, and other health problems.

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