Snacking should be as mandatory as breakfast
Think about it: If you allow yourself to get too hungry between meals, it can deplete your willpower and make you consume more calories overall. Choose nutrient-rich healthy snacks and filling combos of protein and fiber, like these popular picks from top dietitians and weight-loss bloggers. We ran the following snacks by dietitian and Real Mom Nutrition blogger Sally Kuzemchak, and they passed her no-guilt test (some are more nutritious than you may realize).
Baked sweet potato fries
This vitamin A-rich snack is a healthy-kid favorite, but there’s no reason you can’t also enjoy this Food Network recipe that swaps bad carbs for good ones: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut five sweet potatoes, peel and slice into 1/4-inch-long slices. In large bowl, toss with just enough olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1 Tablespoon of a salt, black pepper, and garlic powder mixture. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes.