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In my last newsletter, I introduced some supplemental foods you may opt to add to your recipes for an extra boost of energy and nutrients. That’s all fine for preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you might be thinking, but what do I do when I just feel the need for a little something to eat between meals?

To begin with, don’t go running to that vending machine or wandering in search of a Starbucks. (You knew I would say that.) There are plenty of healthful options to choose from these days—and you don’t have to look high and low to find them, either. Organic, nutritious, and preservative-free snacks are becoming easier to find as people recognize exactly how much food affects their health. Here are a just a few great snack options.

1. G&G Crispbreads
When you see the term “appetite control” on a label, you might automatically think “boring.” But that’s far from accurate in this cracker’s case. Eighty-five percent bran and low in carbs, this snack really satisfies a need for crunch in a health-conscious way. You may have to order these online if you can’t find them in your health food store, but it’s worth the effort.

2. Mary’s Gone Crackers
When I tasted these, I couldn’t believe that they’re vegan and organic as well as sugar-, wheat-, and gluten-free. They are that good—and good for you, too. Ingredients include protein-rich brown rice and quinoa as well as mineral- and nutrient-packed flax and sesame seeds. The combination makes for a crunchy, satisfying treat alone or with toppings and dips. I’m so glad that they’re in my local supermarket now. Check yours—you may find them there, too.

3. Teeccino
Sometimes I crave coffee when I get home from work, but don’t want the stimulant effects of caffeine. I’m always glad to have my favorite coffee substitute on hand to brew up just like regular coffee grounds.

An online search or a walk down the aisles of your local health food store may turn up many brands to choose from, but my personal favorite is Teeccino. Derived from roots and nuts, it is available in a variety of flavors. Personally, I’m a fan of the dark roast and the vanilla hazelnut. Now if I could only switch to drinking it instead of coffee in the morning. That’s still a “work in progress,” though. I’ll keep you posted.

4. Unsalted Almonds
Sound too plain to satisfy, or too simple to consider a food on their own? Think again. Almonds are wonderful. They boast high levels of protein, fiber, omega-6 fats, plus vitamin E, and a host of minerals including potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Add to that their terrific flavor and the ease of packing a serving’s worth into a small, convenient place like a purse or pocket, and you have the ultimate “everywhere” snack.

Snacking is not an absolute no-no in a well-balanced diet. In fact, I recommend having a few healthful snacks on hand so when that occasional craving strikes, you’ll be prepared to meet it wisely—and not be tempted away instead by the first oversalted, fatty, empty-calorie junk-food option that comes along. Challenge yourself to try out a new between-meals food this week. Your healthier, more energetic body will thank you for it.

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