The old apple-a-day advice is still very much alive and well among health practitioners. Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EdD, RD, associate clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, often keeps an apple with him during the day. “It’s loaded with pectin to help keep you feeling full, and there are plenty of varieties for your taste,” he says. “Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Cripps Pink (Pink lady) are my favorites,” he says, noting that large apples run about 100 calories. For the staying power of protein, consider adding a tablespoon of peanut butter or a cheese stick. Here are 30 more healthy snacking ideas for adults.
An ounce of dark chocolate has just 150 calories and is loaded with antioxidants. “Healthy indulgences like dark chocolate—at least 70 percent cocoa—keeps you motivated to stay on a healthy eating plan,” Ayoob says. “And an ounce is a lot, for very dark chocolate.” Chocolate is great as long as you don’t eat it late at night. Here are the 13 foods nutritionists never eat before bed.
Fiber One cereal
Any variety of Fiber One cereal is a good choice, Ayoob says, but his favorite is the original—and no, they’re not paying him to say so. “Try any high-fiber cereal you like,” he says. “This snack works well with anything you might be drinking, it’s only about 100 calories or less for most high-fiber cereals, and most people need way more fiber than they get.” Don’t miss the 19 foods nutritionists always buy at Trader Joe’s.