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Joe Marich of Lakeline has what you might consider a tough challenge: His job. The owner of an Eastlake bakery said he wants to get back to his active ways and get control of his weight.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Best Healthy Snack

10 Best Healthy Snacks You've Got To Try …

Here's my compiled 10 best healthy snack options … try one or try them all, they're sure to become your new faves.
10. Almond Butter on Apples
Spread this deliciously rich nut butter on apple slices for a taste that will make you feel like a kid again. Apples also work well paired with cheddar cheese or cottage cheese.
9. Cherry Tomatoes and a Hard-Boiled Egg
Sprinkled with a bit of sea salt, cherry tomatoes and hard-boiled egg can satisfy your salty craving, your 'munch 'em' craving (cherry tomatoes are easy to pop in your mouth) and your need for satiating protein all in a few bites.
8. Red Grapes and Gouda
The sweet, antioxidant-rich grapes pair nicely with protein-packed Gouda cheese (and, as a bonus, Gouda has the highest levels of vitamin K2 of all cheeses!).
7. Dried Fruit and Nuts
Nuts are antioxidant-rich and full of vitamins and minerals, while dried fruit can satisfy your sweet cravings. Try a variety of combinations involving pistachios, almonds, walnuts, pecans and peanuts with dried pineapple, raisins, mangoes or cherries.
6. Veggies and Dip
It's a classic but a keeper. Keep cut-up zucchini, bell peppers, cucumber, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and sugar-snap peas in your fridge. Pair them with a hearty dip like hummus or homemade ranch.
5. Cold Chicken with Tzatziki
If you have leftover chicken (or even turkey or salmon), spread a few slices with Tzatziki, a Greek sauce made from cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil and yogurt (it's easy to make at home, or you can buy a pre-made version).
4. Guacamole
Make your own quickly by mashing up an avocado with some tomato, lime juice and salt, then enjoy with a few pita chips.
3. Stuffed Avocado
You can't go wrong when snacking on a heart-healthy, nutrient-dense avocado. Cut one in half, remove the pit, and fill the center with salsa or cottage cheese for a decadent, satisfying treat.
2. Dark Chocolate and Raspberries
If it's chocolate you crave, have a square or two of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and pair it with a small bowl of fresh raspberries … pure deliciousness.
1. Dried Coconut
Dried coconut is rich in healthful fats, fiber and minerals. Look for unsweetened varieties in larger 'flakes' or 'chip' styles that make it easier to munch.


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