Grantee Blog 2020

Smart Snacking

The weather is true to its season. Many activities and city mainstays like the library are closed to visitors. One thing people can still do for fun an a dreary afternoon is make a snack.

Snacking can be expensive. There are so many choices, so many ways to make a selection that is good for the wallet and for overall health. In an effort to help people from gaining the “COVID 19” in extra weight, we set a snack challenge for the guests of GRACE.

The first ten willing participants would receive $10 each to purchase a snack for themselves and family or friends. The catch?  They needed to send a picture of it to GRACE’s health coach, Ilyse DiChiara of Green Health Living.

Ilyse then analyzed the shopper’s choice with nutrition in mind and gave the GRACE guest feedback with healthy pointers for the future.

One guest chose pizza, another pretzels, and Robert, another guest, chose nuts.  Ilyse said, “Robert found the perfect and healthy snack.  Whether plain, salted, or in peanut butter and chocolate bars, nuts are an all-time favorite crunchy snack that are tasty and convenient and oh, so healthy for you. 

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they’re a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you’re on the go.  One drawback to nuts is that they’re high in calories, so be mindful to limit your portions. But choosing nuts instead of a less healthy snack, like cookies or chips, may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet.

The American Heart Association recommends eating about four servings of unsalted nuts a week. Choose raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than nuts cooked in oil. One serving is a small handful (1.5 ounces) of whole nuts or 2 tablespoons of nut butter.  Suffice to say, nuts are absolutely nut-ritious!”

All of the participants enjoyed a chance to see how their choices serve them. Other guests were interested to learn what are good options and how the foods they love can love them back.

About the Grantee


GRACE stands for Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials. While essentials can mean nutrient-dense food, we also aspire to enable the security, stabilization and success for all our community’s households.