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Satisfying alternatives to empty-calorie snacks

Alicia Colombo

SilverSneakers, a health and fitness program designed for adults 65-plus that’s included with many Medicare Advantage plans, provides the following simple guidelines to help you choose a healthier option to snack on:

• Little or no added sugar.
• Made with whole grains.
• High in protein.
• 250 calories or less.
• Low in sodium.
• Contains healthy fats, like those in nuts and seeds.
• Contains fiber.
• Avoid unrecognizable names in the ingredient list.
• Do not trust advertising to determine what’s “healthy.” Read the product’s nutrition label and ingredients list.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

These tasty legumes can be a savory snack that is packed with fiber and lower in calories than nuts.

1 can (15 ozs.) no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed
Nonstick cooking spray
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Preheat oven to 425°F. Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels. Place well-dried chickpeas on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake until crunchy, 30 to 45 minutes.

(Source: Eating Well)

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Energy Balls

These healthy sweet treats deliver a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates to give you a boost.

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter
½ cup honey
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well. Using a measuring spoon, scoop out the mixture one tablespoon at a time and roll into balls. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.

(Source: Eating Well)

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