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Snack Your Way To Health

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(NC) - To snack or not to snack, that is the question. When you're running against the clock or you're at home and need a quick fix until dinner, it's better to choose snacks low in sugar and saturated fats than to bite into empty calories.

Snack Your Way To Health
Contrary to popular belief, snacking is important and vital to maintaining regular blood sugar levels. The trick is to have snack smarts and pay attention to the foods you're snacking on so as not to worry about your waistline. Prepare snacks ahead of time to avoid the temptation and convenience of eating something unhealthy.

Below are some quick and easy recipe suggestions for you to prepare for yourself and snack on when a craving hits. For more great snack suggestions visit

California Walnut Trail Mix:

In large bowl, mix together 2 cups (500 mL) California walnut halves, 2/3 cup (175 mL) raisins and 1/2 cup (125 mL) each: dried cranberries and banana chips.

Makes About 4 Cups (1 L).

Sesame and Maple Walnuts:

In medium bowl, combine 4 cups (1L) California walnut halves and 4 tablespoons (60 mL) maple syrup; mix until evenly coated. Stir in 2 tablespoons (30 mL) sesame seeds. Spread on non-stick baking sheet. Bake in 325 F (160 C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring twice, until nuts are lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet. (Nuts will become dry and crunchy as they cool.)

Makes About 4 Cups (1 L).

California Walnut Hummus:

In blender or food processor, purée 1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted California walnuts, 1 can (19 oz / 540 mL) chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1/4 cup (50 mL) Italian salad dressing and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cayenne pepper together until smooth. Serve with veggie sticks or pita triangles.

Makes 2-1/4 Cups (550 mL).

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