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I'll admit it: I'm a snacker. I can't remember a day in recent past that I haven't left the house without some kind of pre-portioned healthy snack to have on hand in order to avoid those mid-morning and mid-afternoon hunger pains (and the inevitable trek to the vending machine). Apparently my habit may be paying off: according to the registered dietitians of Cooking Light magazine, a "5,000-subject-strong National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that people who ate snacks in addition to three meals a day had higher levels of nutrients in their diets." Sounds great to me!

Not to mention, on a personal level, snacking steadies my blood sugar and energy levels throughout the day and keeps me from overeating during major meals.

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But like all things, some of my choices tend to get tired after awhile. Take raw, unsalted almonds: they're crunchy, satisfying, protein-rich and you don't need many (only about a 1/4 cup) to fill you up. However, after several months of the nut, I got a little bored. Enter my new favorite snack found at my local SuperTarget that you've got to try: Archer Farms Raw Mixed Nuts (I like them unsalted)! Instead of just boring ol' almonds, I now have a variety of textures, subtle flavors, and additional nutrients in my 1/4 cup serving of nuts.

Here are a few other snacks that have ended up on my desk lately:

Apples and bananas: You just can't beat the ease of just grabbing one from the fruit bowl and throwing it in your bag on your way out.

Oatmeal: Filling and oh-so comforting. I toss 1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats, about 1/2 tsp of brown sugar, cinnamon, and some raisins into a container. Just add water and heat when ready. If I'm feeling really adventurous, I'll toss a few dark chocolate chips into the mix. I also love these oatmeal topping ideas from CookingLight.com.

Carrots and hummus: Carrots are great as is, but a small amount of hummus makes them much more tasty.

Granola bars: I'm a fan of Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey.

I'm in need of some new ideas and I'd love your help! What are your go-to healthy snacks? How do you keep from getting bored?