Healthy Eating and Snack Options

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Congratulations America! We are no longer the fattest country in the world. A brand new study by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization says Mexico can now lay claim to that “hefty” title. So how’d we shift from the #1 to #2 spot? A lot of it has to do with the way we eat. Americans are becoming more aware than ever before of what they are consuming and more companies are creating healthy, delicious snacks and  meal options.

A staple in many homes is peanut butter. The creamy, gooey, delectable American staple can pack almost 200 calories and 16 grams of fat. Betty Lou’s has created "Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter." This healthier alternative to traditional peanut butter contains only 45 calories per two tablespoons and just 1.5 grams of total fat (and zero saturated fat per serving!) Just add water to create your desired consistency. Listen up chocolate lovers because the line just rolled out their Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter too. Gluten-free and organic! Under $10.

Most of us fall into two categories when it comes to enjoying treats - sweet or salty. A favorite American snack food is potato chips! However, this normally fat and calorie-laden snack doesn't have to carry the unhealthy punch anymore thanks to a genius invention by Ronco called the Chip-Tastic. The Chip-Tastic allows consumers to make their own healthy chips at home in the microwave. Chips made from the Chip-Tastic can contain up to 40% less fat and calories than traditional potato chips. You can experiment with sweet potatoes, apples, mangos... get creative!  Retail price: $19.95.

A must-have sweet treat during the Arizona summer is ice cream! Arctic Zero Ice Cream contains less than 150 calories per pint and NO fat. The line contains no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, and no artificial sweeteners. Plus, they have an amazing variety of flavors and ice cream bars to choose from which include: chocolate, chocolate peanut-butter, coffee, cookies & cream, mint-chocolate cookie, strawberry, vanilla and many more! All natural, gluten-free, suitable for lactose intolerant.

If you aren't creative in the kitchen or just don't have time to cook, then check out My Fit Foods. It's a line of healthy yet delicious foods developed by a personal trainer. The fresh, pre-packaged food contains heart-healthy fats and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices. Simply stop by one of My Fit Foods three locations in the valley, choose your meals, store in the refrigerator until you're ready to pop them in the microwave and cook for about 2 minutes. Take the My Fit Foods 3-Day Challenge, designed to restore your natural energy and push the reset button on your metabolism with fresh, healthy meals.

If you've run out of ideas on what to make your family for dinner, then turn to No More To Go. It was created by Healthy Chef Stacey Stabenow, a Mom of 3 who knows what it's like to balance a busy, hectic lifestyle while still making and serving her family nutritious and tasty meals. She develops weekly meal plans and complete grocery lists, delivered right to your inbox each Friday and accessible from your smartphone. Don't eat meat? Gluten free? No problem! Every recipe has options to accommodate various lifestyles. No More To Go Menu Planning Service brings families back together around the dinner table with healthy and delicious food.