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February 09, 2012

Smart Snacking: 12 Healthy Merienda Munchies

Who doesn't like snacking? Here are 12 low-cal munchies to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings while making you look (and feel!) good. By Gabriela Lee
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You are what you eat, as the old adage goes. And in this hectic life, what you eat can run the gamut from the organic, low-cal dishes to the satisfyingly deep-fried and oily. And in between each meal? Merienda, of course. Whether you’re nibbling between meals or having a spread between lunch and dinner, you always have a go-to snack that, more often than not, may not be good for you.

But snacking isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it provides you with a much-needed boost of energy in between meals and ensures that you get all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to live healthy lives. The important thing to remember is to choose the right kind of snack. While nibbling on a chocolate bar or indulging in a gooey pastry in the middle of the day may give you an energy boost, these high-calorie, fat-saturated snacks composed of simple carbohydrates will slow you down in the long run. Instead, go for those with complex carbohydrates like whole-wheat crackers and cereals, and pair them up with fruit for a sweet kick or cheese to satisfy that salt craving.

Below are some healthy ideas for your next merienda. Whether you prefer munching on sweet or savory stuff, you’re sure to find something to stash in your purse or keep in the office pantry for your next snack break.

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