When we hear the term “snacking”, most of us think it’s something we have to stay far away from if we want to lose weight. However, with the right food choices, snacking can actually be healthy and still be something you can enjoy.

The holiday season is generally the year where food consumption hits an all-time high in Canada and the United States. From chocolate, to fruitcake, to chips and dips, the holidays can be a tempting time to overindulge in things we wouldn’t normally find ourselves eating on a regular basis. By eating things like potato chips, chocolate, and other sugary foods, you’re not actually getting any essential nutrients. For example, proteins, vitamins and minerals – all of which are required for good health. When it comes to the holiday season (and every other time of year, for that matter), Dr. Ali Ghahary wants patients to make sure they’re always making healthy snack choices.

If you’re following a strict diet – for example, a low-carb diet – then you’ll have to pay close attention to the snacks you choose to consume. Many low-carb snacks require little to no preparation. Eggs are a great low-carb option as they’re high in protein, vitamins and minerals. They can also make you feel more full, and that means you’ll be less likely to consume more calories throughout the day. If you’re inclined to eat potato chips, replace them with raw vegetables; celery, carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. For some extra flavour, make your own low-calorie ranch dip. You can find many easy-to-follow recipes on Pinterest. However, if you’re more of a sweet than savoury fan, instead of eating cake and chocolate, replace them with things like fruits (strawberries, grapes, bananas, prunes) and yogurt. Pizza can even be low-carb, and its’ crust can actually be made with cauliflower instead of dough.

There are many healthy meal and snack options out there, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones and making sure it’s something you like.

For more tips on healthy eating, including what to do if you’re diabetic, click here. You can also find plenty of resources by visiting the Dietitians of Canada website at dietitians.ca.