Inspira Health Network, Inc.

SUM 2016

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S P I R I T O F W O M E N S U M M E R 2 016 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m 6 H E A L T H Y E A T I N G By Bev Bennett B y B e v Hit the Y our local supermarket is filled with shelves of on-the-go snacks for active summer days. But instead of reaching for a convenience food that may be high in sodium, fat and/or sugar, why not make your own tasty trail mix? The ideal break food provides good quality nutrition, helps you meet your dietary goals, and even more important, tastes good, says Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Texas and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Homemade trail mix fits the bill: Carbohydrates, protein, fat and flavor can be optimally balanced in a combination of whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. And you can even personalize the mixture to complement your family's specific eating habits. THE PERFECT MIX Snacks should add nutrients that would otherwise be missing from your diet, says Malena Perdomo, a Colorado registered dietitian nutritionist. Take note of dietary fiber, vitamins or even food groups you may overlook during the day and include them in your trail mix, suggests Perdomo, who is an affiliate professor of nutrition at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For example, if you're not getting the daily 25 grams of dietary fiber recommended for women (21 grams if you're 51 or older), use a high-fiber breakfast cereal as the base for a trail mix. v e trail mix e t t v t v t r a i l m i x for tasty summer snacks

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