(Family Features) – Fifty-six percent of Americans eat three or more snacks per day, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s “What We Eat in America” 2007-2008 study. Snacking sensibly while trying to balance work, the kids’ after-school activities and the season’s get-togethers, however, is not easy.
One way to help control appetites and feel energized is to enjoy nutritious snacks. This is especially important when eating on the go or gearing up for holiday parties. So the next time that afternoon hunger pang rolls around, munch on these simple tips and delicious recipes.
On The Go?
When packing a lunch, consider bringing along whole-grain pretzels to dip in mustard for a low-fat snack. One teaspoon or one serving of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard has 5 calories. For variety, try dipping carrots, celery sticks or fruit slices in mustard, offering a satisfying sweet and spicy flavor combination that can be enjoyed at the office or at school any day of the week. Vegetables and honey mustard are low calorie and keep hunger at bay in between meals.
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Turkey Club Crackers
For a quick pick-me-up between meals, try this smaller version of a sandwich. To prepare twelve servings, simply combine:
- 3/4 cup chopped lettuce
- 1 cup chopped, cooked turkey breast
- 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard (made with coarse ground mustard)
- 1 tablespoon reduced fat mayo
- 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
- 24 Triscuit crackers
- Spread mixture on top of crackers.
Chicken Divan Toppers
This is a warm, savory treat that’s great for entertaining. For eight servings, (2 topped crackers each):
- 1 sliced, cooked, boneless and skinless chicken breast (1/4 pound)
- 2 tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Harvest Coarse Ground Mustard
- 16 small cheddar cheese slices
- 16 broccoli florets
- 16 Triscuit Rosemary and Olive Oil crackers
- Combine mixture ingredients in a bowl. Place crackers on a baking sheet and top with the chicken mixture, adding one cheddar cheese slice and one broccoli floret to each cracker. Bake at 350°F until the cheese melts.
Tomato Bruschetta Dijon
Be sure to stock up on fresh produce, such as nutritious vine-ripened tomatoes, to make this tasty twist on serving vegetables for the holidays. For 16 servings, (2 topped bread slices each):
- 2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup black olives
- 32 thin, toasted baguette-style French bread slices
- Mix first 6 ingredients together in a bowl. Spoon 1 tablespoon mixture onto each slice of bread.
Sweet Dijon Cheddar and Pear Crackers
Experts recommend eating more whole grains, so consider this flavorful snack. To prepare four servings:
- 8 whole grain crackers
- 8 thin slices cheddar cheese
- 8 thin slices pear
- 2 teaspoons Grey Poupon Savory Honey Mustard
- Layer one thin slice of cheddar cheese and pear per cracker. Top each cracker with a touch of mustard, using 2 teaspoons total.