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Healthy Habits: Opting for a heart-healthy snack

January 30, 2020 posted by Vidant Health News

Snacking on the go while trying to eat healthy may seem challenging with so many unhealthy, convenient options. A bag of chips, buttery popcorn and even some nutrition bars claiming to be healthy options are popular, quick snacks.

February is Heart Month, and it’s a time to be mindful and start creating healthy habits to carry us forward through the year. Savanna Cummings, manager of weight loss and nutrition at the Vidant Wellness Center, said heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women but taking control of blood pressure and cholesterol can help people avoid chronic diseases.

Cummings joined WITN to offer a heart-healthy snack option. The peanut butter protein and fiber bites are an easy, no-bake, filling snack that can last for up to a week in your fridge. The serving size is one bite and is a great source of fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or gluten free oats
  • 2/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 TBSP raw natural honey

Instructions

  • Combine all 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine thoroughly using a spatula, fork or mixer.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to allow the bites to form.
  • Roll in 17 bites or use a cookie dough scooper for uniform size.
  • Store for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Helpful hints

  • Ground flax seeds will keep freshness longer if you remove the air from the bag, seal and refrigerate.
  • Raw natural honey from your local area can provide more health benefits than outsourced honey.
  • Roll finished "bite" in crushed (peanuts or almonds) to make a special dessert for holidays or parties.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1
Calories: 94
Total fat: 6g
Saturated fat: 1g
Polyunsaturated: 2.5g
Monounsaturated: 2.5g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 23mg
Carbohydrates: 6g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugar: 2g
Added sugar: 0.5g
Protein: 3

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