One recent survey showed that 36.6% of Americans are overweight and 26.5% are considered obese.

Take a stroll around Walmart on a busy day and those numbers seem a little low.

Just sayin’ …

I let myself get up into those categories at one time in my life and so I know it ain’t a whole lotta fun.

As I continue now to work on my own physical fitness while helping others, maintaining healthy eating habits is always an issue.

One healthy eating challenge is snacking.

When you think of snacking, what do you think of?

Chips, dip, cookies, crackers, cake, pie, donuts, popcorn, ice cream, candy bar … what else?

Guess what?

That stuff is no bueno when it comes to good nutrition, but you already knew that. The thing of it is, for me, a little is not enough. I don’t want a few chips. I want a few giant handfuls. I don’t want one or two cookies. Gimme six or eight. Big ones. Cake? A large piece, please. Little bigger …

You get what I mean.

And once I get on the sugar train, it’s really hard to get off.

If any of this sounds even vaguely familiar, here are some healthy alternatives for your snacking pleasure:

  • Apple slices with peanut butter
  • Baby carrots and hummus
  • Sliced banana and strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Pears and string cheese
  • Cottage cheese and pineapple or peach slices
  • Celery and peanut butter
  • Bell pepper slices and hummus
  • Plain yogurt with fruit (maybe a little honey)

Happy snacking!