A Quick Guide To Healthy Snacking
Written by Justine Raagas Monday, 22 November 2010 21:08
Most people that try to lose weight refrain from snacking in between meals, because they think that it may cause them to consume more calories throughout the day. This belief, however, is not necessarily right. Not snacking in between meals can take a toll on your blood sugar levels, and can even pose a problem for you if you’re trying to lose weight. Snacking can help you in your quest to become healthy or slim, since snacking in between meals helps you consume fewer calories. What is important here is that you know what snacks to choose.
Should I Snack?
Not everybody gets hungry in between meals, but if you find yourself craving for something before dinner – then it’s best to take a light snack in order to prevent overeating during meals. If you are an active person, or if you are exercising in order to lose weight, you will also need to snack in between meals.
What Should You Snack On?
Healthy snacks should be foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar, fat and salt. A healthy snack should be light enough to eat in between meals, yet good enough to last you until the next main meal. Snacks that are high in fiber are healthy and filling as well.
Some Tips For Healthy Snacking
Some people think snacking can be fattening, and that’s where the challenge lies. Eating in between meals can be healthy, but the challenge that most people face in snacking is choosing what foods to snack on, and deciding how much is too much. You may end up eating the wrong food, or eating more than you should – so it’s wise to plan snacks ahead of time.
Snacks should be limited in small portions and should only be eaten as much as three times a day. Snack often – not continuously. It would also be wiser to snack on foods from two different food groups for each snack, too, as this gives you a variety in nutrition.
Great snack ideas include vegetables, fruits, whole grain products and low fat milk products. If you’re craving for sweet food, try fresh fruits instead of fruit juices, and have water with your snack instead.
If you usually snack from the box, try taking only the amount that you want to eat. This allows you to see how much you’re eating so you’ll know if you’re snacking too much. Avoid eating in front of the television or while driving since one tends to eat more while doing something else.
Smart Snacks At Home
If you’re craving for snacks at home, you can try these foods out:
- A small bran muffin
- Low fat plain yogurt with or without fruit
- Whole wheat toast with peanut butter
- Vegetable sticks and hummus
- Whole wheat crackers and skim milk
- Plain tortilla chips and salsa
- Homemade trail mix
Snacks On The Go
If you’re always on the go, it’s advisable to prepare your own snacks at home and bring it with you. This helps you make better snack choices even when you’re faced with numerous temptations from the vending machine.
- A cup of berries
- A medium banana
- Soy nuts
- 2 fig bars
- 1 medium banana
- 1 medium apple
- 1 cup of 1% chocolate milk.
Remember that if you’re trying to lose weight, it is important for you to snack in between meals. As long as you’re eating healthy snacks, you maintain your blood sugar levels and keep your focus on more important things because you aren’t hungry all the time.
There are plenty of healthy snacks out there – all you need to do is choose wisely and enjoy eating them.
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