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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 • Posted January 12, 2011

Snack "Attack!"

Did you snack yesterday? If you are like most Americans the answer is yes. According to research by Dr. Barry Popkin 97% of adults snack and snacks account for about 25% of total calorie intake.

Some research suggests that snacking can help with satiety and is associated with lower body weight. However, snacking research is inconsistent; other studies suggest limiting caloric intake to three meals a day is a better approach to weight management.

Should you decide you need a little caloric pick me up, choose wisely.

"Fruit, vegetables; low fat dairy products such as string cheese and yogurt; whole grains; and lean meat and beans such as hummus with whole grain crackers are good choices," says Dr. Sharon Robinson, Nutrition Specialist and Registered Dietitian with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The secret is to keep portion size under control to avoid eating too many calories during the day. Consuming more calories than needed (as snacks and/or meals) can lead to unwanted weight gain especially when not offset with increased physical activity.

To learn more about healthful snacking visit:

Here is an easy version of hummus, using things that are easy to find locally - I like to add a 1/2 t. lemon juice and a little tabasco-type hot sauce, plus a little more garlic. Serve it with cucumber spears for a great healthy snack!

If that’s just too far "out there" for your kids or husband, present it as more of a bean dip and serve with tortilla or pita chips.

Easy Hummus

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

In a blender or food processor combine garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, salt and olive oil. Blend on low speed, gradually adding reserved bean liquid, until desired consistency is achieved.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 35 | Total Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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