Nutrition Tips from Abbott Nutrition
Snacking to Fill the Nutritional Gaps
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
by: By: Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA

Section: Corporate Partners


Additional Resources

The USDA's MyPlate (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/) provides a good format to assist in planning both meals and snacks.
When you are evaluating your patient’s nutritional intake, remember to not only ask about meals but snacks as well. Encouraging snacks throughout the day is a good way to sneak in extra calories and protein particularly for people who may have lost their appetite or feel fatigued.

Essentially snacks are just small meals; patients should aim for snacks that are between 150 – 300 calories and provide a mix of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The key to snacking is having foods ready without much preparation or effort. During home visits, take a few minutes to review what's in the pantry and refrigerator, and offer some suggestions for power-packed snacks. Fast, nutrient-dense and enjoyable is the goal.

The USDA’s MyPlate (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/) provides a good format to assist in planning both meals and snacks. Simply put, people should fill their plates like this: half with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with whole grains and the remaining one quarter with protein.

Some snack ideas that are also suitable for patients with diabetes are listed below.
  • 1 hard-boiled egg and five whole-grain crackers
  • 1 Tbsp hummus and one small pita pocket with vegetables
  • 1 slice of turkey, one slice of cheese, and one slice of bread with one piece fresh fruit
  • ½ cup (C) low-fat cottage cheese, ½ C pineapple, and 1 Tbsp almonds
  • One half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and one piece fresh fruit
  • 6 oz Greek-style yogurt with ¼ C granola
  • 2 oz soft pretzel, mustard, and 4 fl oz orange juice
  • 3 cups popcorn prepared in 1 Tbsp canola oil, with 1 Tbsp shredded cheese
  • 2 cups green salad with ¼ C beans and 1 Tbsp salad dressing
  • 2 graham crackers with 1 Tbsp hazelnut spread and one small banana
  • ½ cup sorbet with 1 C berries
  • ¾ C high-fiber cereal, with 6 fl oz skim milk and berries
  • 1 fiber bar and one piece of fruit
  • 12-oz yogurt and fruit smoothie 
  • 20 almonds and one piece of fresh fruit
  • 1 slice whole-grain bread, one slice cheese, tomato, and mustard
  • Ready to drink supplement such as Ensure® or Glucerna®
Abbott Nutrition, makers of Ensure® and Glucerna®, is a worldwide leader in providing innovative nutritional products that help improve the quality of life and outcomes for patients. By forming powerful partnerships with home care agencies through its Feed the 485 program, the company is tackling a new goal: helping to reduce rehospitalizations with this revolutionary nutrition therapy initiative. 
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