Penn State Hershey Clinical Nutrition

Penn State Hershey Clinical Nutrition is focused on educating you on a healthy lifestyle, helping you manage your chronic illness, and minimizing the impact of nutrition factors that might prolong your stay if you were to require hospitalization. We also conduct nutrition research and educate the next generation of health professionals. Our dietitians provide services to children and adults throughout the Penn State Hershey system.

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Snacking was once considered unhealthy.  Parents tried to prevent their children from eating between meals, and adults avoided snacks to control their weight. 

Today, this has changed.  Snacking may actually be our nation's favorite pastime.  We seem to be moving  away from "three well balanced meals" to several small meals spaced throughout the day and evening.

Snacking is actually good for you.  Snacking can provide a needed break in the day's routine.  Eating regular snacks helps to control appetite and may help to decrease the amount of food eaten at meals.  Snack selection is important.  Snacks should be planned to supplement food eaten at meal times.

Snack choices for children and adults can include: fruit, raw vegetables, peanut butter, cheese, cottage cheese, whole grain breads or crackers, and popcorn.


Yogurt Cucumber Vegetable Dip

1/2 cup peeled, shredded cucumber, drained

1 tablespoon minced green onion

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash of white pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons finely chopped celery

Combine all ingredients and carefully blend.  Chill 1 to 2 hours.  Serve with crisp raw vegetables or whole grain crackers.

YIELD: 3/4 cup

SERVING SIZE: 2 tablespoons

PER SERVING; Calories-17