To snack or not to snack, that is the question. There have been various claims in literature about whether or not snacking is healthy or unhealthy for you. The honest answer is, if you prefer to snack, you should do it, but ensure that you are being mindful of portion sizes and what type of snacks you are consuming.
- Step one: figure out what type of snacker you are.
- We all have foods that we tend to gravitate more than others.
- The main differentiator is sweet or savory, and then crunchy or soft
- Step two: figure out what time of the day you tend to snack
- Is it between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner? Or are you constantly snacking?
- Step three: determine why you snack.
- Is it because you are bored, hungry, or bored and hungry?
- If it is because you are bored, consider a smaller snack or drink water.
- If it is because you are hungry, make sure your snack is going to sustain you until your next meal.
- Step four: prepare your snack ahead of time! If you are unprepared, you may turn to more processed snacks instead of whole food snacks which is the important part of smart snacking! Plus, you will save money by bringing your own!
- Portion out your snacks at the beginning of the week or the night before work.
- If you don’t have access to a refrigerator when you are feeling hungry, then don’t pack a refrigerated snack!
- General guidelines to snacking- Drink water and eat fiber to stay feeling full for longer!
- Crunchy snack examples: Sliced veggies (carrots, broccoli, celery, bell peppers), sliced apples, pears,
- Salty snack examples: Pretzels, nuts, pickles, cheese, popcorn
- Sweet snack examples: Berries, a handful of chocolate chips, yogurt, dried fruit, fruit
- Combo snacks: pretzels and nut butter, veggies with hummus, apples and peanut butter, dried fruit with nuts.
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