Family Time: Are Your Snacks Making You Fat?

October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

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October 24, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM EDT

Want to shed some pounds? The whole family should be eating healthier snacks.
Research shows obese people snack more frequently than normal-weight people.
In fact, a recent survey found 1 in 6 obese people get nearly half of their calories each day from snacks alone.
Dietitians say more nutritious snacks may help control weight and improve overall health.

"I think better choice snacks include things that are higher in fiber. We
always go back to fruits and vegetables. We know these are good sources of
nutrition. They have fiber. Some of them are higher water content, so they
leave you feeling fuller, but lower in fat, so you're not taking the excess
calories, but you get that satisfaction from the snack," says Carrie Gonzales, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dietitians say plan your snacks for the week like you would your meals. They recommend cutting up fruits and vegetables and putting them in sandwich bags or
a plastic container, allowing for the
appropriate portion sizes.

Dietitians say having snacks readily available at home or in your office
can keep you from "grazing" throughout the day.

They recommend picking one night and putting all of your snacks together for the week, saving yourself some time each morning, too, because your
prep-work will already be done. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.