For a lot of people in today’s society, snacks are an absolute must due to the insanely busy lifestyle that most of us lead. Snacks keep us energized throughout the day, and ensure our blood sugar levels maintain stable. Additionally, eating small snacks in between meals is beneficial in that it keeps us from totally overloading at actual mealtime. Healthy snacks include a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, are a good source of fiber, and are low in sugar. Below are some tips to consider next time you have a snack attack!
Filling Fiber- Food that include fiber makes us feel fuller for longer. Therefore, they are perfect for snacks! Small amounts go a long way, and fibrous snacks are an amazing way to “tide yourself over” until your next full meal. Popcorn, nuts, green veggies, apples, pears, prunes, raisins, and fiber bars are all great sources of fiber, as well as satisfying snacks.
Protein Punch- When it comes to snacking, it is important to get that protein punch you need. Though an obvious choice, protein bars and protein shakes make great snacks! They are super convenient and often require no preparation.
Carbo Combo- Snacks should not contain solely protein, but instead should contain a combination of protein and carbohydrates. This provides us with the best source of energy, and helps our muscles grow and repair. Protein/carb combo snacks are especially crucial before and after working out. Examples of such snacks include: apples with peanut butter, nut butter toast, greek yogurt with granola, cheese stick and a handful of nuts, veggies and hummus, or trail mix and fruit.
Curbing Cravings- Finally, it is important to use snacks to help curb unhealthy cravings. Personally, I always have a sweet tooth, and therefore, I usually look for snacks that are healthy, yet satisfy my sugary desires. Trail mix, cocoa dusted almonds, fruit, chocolate protein shakes, and frozen grapes all help me keep my sugar craving in check, while still keeping me content.
Snacks don’t have to be boring! Try something new! Simply remember to snack smart with snacks high in fiber, containing a combination of carbohydrates and protein, with a low sugar content.