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Smart Snacks for Work

Snacking is a great way to keep your energy levels balanced and your cravings in check. With such a wide variety of snacks available, it's easy to cave into a rumbling stomach. You don't have to lose control, try talking a walk to the cafeteria for a better selection. The next time you feel the afternoon slump, try these options.

Salty Snacks
According to the Mayo Clinic, a great way to reduce your cravings for salty snacks is to gradually lower the overall sodium in your diet. When you do crave a salty snack, reach for reduced or low-sodium options to help curb your salt cravings in the long run.

Popcorn Buttery Popcorn
Good: Opt for the reduced-butter or low-fat version of this snack.
Better: Air-popped popcorn, lightly seasoned with salt or a low-sodium alternative. Insider tip: Lightly salt with Sabatino & Co. Truffle Salt found at your H-E-B Cooking Connection.
Chips Fried Potato Chips
Good: Reach for the baked option instead.
Better: Get a satisfying crunch from a multigrain pita chip.

Sweet Snacks
Who doesn't have a sweet tooth every once and a while? According to WebMD sugar gives us a short-lived boost of energy that often fades. Snacking on alternatives can help give you a fuller feeling longer, while still rewarding you with a hint of sweetness.

Crackers Crackers with Peanut Butter or Cheese Spread
Good: Pick animal crackers. These are typically low in fat and just as sweet.
Better: Whole-wheat or multigrain cracker with a teaspoon of peanut butter or low fat cheese from the cafeteria. Another option is a sliced hard-boiled egg with a sprinkle of paprika served on crackers.
Almonds Trail Mix with Chocolate Pieces
Good: Trial mix variety without chocolate.
Better: Plain and unsalted peanuts, almonds or pistachios and a handful of dried fruit.
Dark Chocolate Chocolate Bar
Good: A bag of chocolate with small pieces instead of a bar. Eat a few and share the rest.
Better: A piece of dark chocolate that's 70% cocoa or more. According to the American Dietetic Association, darker chocolate has a higher percentage of antioxidants.