Healthy snacking takes planning

CLEVELAND - If you're pretty good about making healthy lunch choices, you may be ruining your diet with what you're snacking on at work.

Denise Cole is a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. Cole says to try to pre-plan your snacks for the work-week.

"Plan your snacks and portion them out for five days at a time. It makes it much easier when you are overworked, overstressed and over-scheduled," said Cole.

Cole says to spend part of your Sunday night cutting up celery to munch on at your desk. You can even bring along a tablespoon of peanut butter for dipping, or make up some individual containers of watermelon.

You can also snack on fruits with skin on them. They will provide extra fiber and help you feel fuller, longer. She says high fiber cereal bars or even a cup or two of a healthy, dry cereal will work.

Cole adds, you can't go wrong with a can of tuna.

"Keep a can opener, some tuna, and right there you have yourself a lunch if you get stuck at your desk unexpectedly for the day. Because you don't want to skip eating that's another bad thing to do when you're trying to maintain your weight," said Cole.

Cole also says if you do get hungry after lunch, to try and drink water, which will help you to feel fuller, longer.

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