Smart Snacking for People in Recovery

Good nutrition is a vital part of the repair occuring in by the body of a person in recovery. Food provides nutrients necessary to meet this need. Providing three nutritious meals may not be enough. Snacks can play an important role to help the person in recovery to meet their nutritional needs as well as limit moods swings. Snacks can be provided midday between meals and before bedtime. It is important to plan ahead  so that snacks offered are nutritious as well as satisfying.

Choose more often:
  • Fresh fruit
  • Canned fruit packed in its own juice
  • Raw vegetables with low-fat dressing or salsa
  • Popcorn (air popped preferably)
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Low fat puddings
  • Cottage cheese and fruit
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Raisins and other dried fruit
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Low-fat frozen yogurt
Choose less often:
  • Canned fruit in heavy syrup
  • Potato chips
  • Corn chips
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Candy
  • Soda pop
  • Cake, donuts
  • Fruit drinks, punch
  • Brownies, pastries