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Twenty Stress Fighting Snacks

One of Twenty Stress Fighting Snacks

All of the following snacks were designed with flavor and stress-busting nutrition in mind, so you get the biggest nutritional bang for your bite while protecting your body and brain from the ravages of stress.

  • The European Snack:   Top a piece of toasted nut bread with an ounce of low-fat cheese and slices of an apple. Serve with orange juice.
  • Sweet and Creamy:   Spread fat-free cream cheese over fat-free whole-wheat crackers and top with mango chutney. Serve with a glass of calcium-fortified soy milk.
  • Fruit Tortilla:   Spread soy butter and a little all-fruit jam on a heated tortilla; fill it with fresh fruit, such as peach slices and strawberries. Roll it into a burrito.
  • Healthy Dippers:   Cut corn tortillas into eight wedges and bake at 350 degrees for nine minutes or until crisp.
  • Apple Snack:   Drizzle apple wedges with nonfat caramel sauce.
  • Mini-Tomato Bowl:   Fill hollowed-out cherry tomatoes with tuna salad, hummus or leftover couscous.
  • One-Minute Bagel:   Top half a toasted whole-wheat bagel with hummus and thin slices of red pepper.
  • Shrimp Round:   Dollop cucumber slices with fat-free cream cheese, a cooked shrimp and a drizzle of cocktail sauce.
  • Sweet and Crunch:   Stuff almonds into dates or pitted dried plums.
  • Salt and Crunch:   Top a wheat cracker with tuna mixed with fat free mayonnaise and a sweet-pickle slice.
  • Peanut Butter Candy:   Mix equal amounts of peanut butter, toasted wheat germ and honey. Spread on a whole-wheat crackers and serve with orange juice.
  • Double Cinnamon:   Dunk a toasted slice of cinnamon-raisin bread in low-fat apple-cinnamon yogurt. Serve with kiwi slices.
  • Melon Bowl:   Fill half a cantaloupe with lemon yogurt and top with whole-grain cereal.
  • Zesty Orange:   Sprinkle crystallized ginger over mandarin orange slices. Serve with milk or soy milk.
  • Mini-Pizza:   Toast a whole-wheat English muffin; top with pizza sauce, low-fat cheese and steamed vegetables. Broil for one minute or until the cheese bubbles.
  • Pina Colada Shake:   In a blender, whip one frozen banana, one-half cup pineapple, 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt, one-quarter teaspoon coconut extract and one-quarter cup nonfat milk. Serve with graham crackers.

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