Snack Smarter with advice from Skinnygirl entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel
| Whether it’s over-spending or over-eating, it’s easy to get carried away during the holidays and beyond, and Skinnygirl entrepreneur and reality television star Bethenny Frankel wants us to snack smart and stay healthy.
“With a new talk show on the way and looking after my baby and business, I’m busier than ever,” Frankel says. “But no matter how busy I am, I make sure I don’t sacrifice healthy, satisfying food, especially when it comes to snacking. Making smart choices is easy to do while on the go and can be delicious without being high in calories.”
Frankel, whose new daytime talk show will launch nationally on FOX in 2013, has partnered with California Almonds to share her snacking success with her fans in her Snack Talking with Bethenny Frankel guide, available for free download here. Inside, you'll find Bethenny's snacking tips and tricks—and an exclusive recipe—helpful for any busy woman to prepare and pack a smart snack on the go.
According to Frankel, the perfect snack should be satisfying, tasty, nourishing, and fewer than 200 calories—and almonds fit the bill. In fact, while the Nutrition Facts Panel states almonds have 160 calories per ounce, the results of a recent study using a new method to calculate calories shows that whole almonds have 129 calories per ounce. The study, which takes into account the digestibility of whole almonds, was conducted by scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and released in the August 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).1 Further research is needed to better understand the results of the study and how this technique for calculating calories could potentially affect the calorie count of other foods.
As a natural foods chef, author, business woman and busy mom on the go, Frankel notes the importance of keeping her snacks nutritious and portable in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s a craving for a second breakfast or a simple chocolate fix, she encourages her fans to “snack out of it” when hitting a mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy slump.
Frankel’s favorite way to boost energy levels and fuel her busy day is to keep whole, natural snack combinations on hand, particularly those that contain protein, fiber and are otherwise rich in nutrients. Some of Frankel’s favorites include:
100% whole wheat bread with almond butter or hummus
A small handful of whole natural almonds with a small honeycrisp apple or pear, or with an ounce or two of dark chocolate
Sliced turkey rolled up with mustard and dried cranberries
About Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frankel is the New York Times bestselling author of A Place of Yes (Touchstone, March 2011), Naturally Thin (Touchstone, March 2009), The Skinnygirl Dish (Touchstone, December 2009) and Skinnydipping (Touchstone, December 2012). She is most recently the star of the “Bethenny” talk show on FOX, which piloted successfully in 2012 and will launch nationally in 2013. Frankel is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, fitness, and health. In 2011 was named one of the Top 100 Women in Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Bethenny lives in New York with husband Jason, daughter Bryn, and dog, Cookie. Visit Bethenny.com for health tips, recipes and all other things Bethenny.
1. Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, Baer DJ. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2012 ajcn.035782; First published online July 3, 2012.doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.035782