Snacking has often been referred to as the new eating. Do you know how to snack correctly? Put down those potato chips and take your snacking to the next level with these four tips to make you a smarter snacker.
Look for High Protein: Curb your hunger between meals. Protein-packed snacks are filling, allowing you to avoid binge-eating—or constant snacking throughout the day—preventing an increased daily calorie intake. Examples: Greek yogurt, peanut butter, almonds, and tuna.
Eat Healthy Fats: Not all fats are created equal. The right kind satiates you, improves your metabolism and prevents against several diseases. But, don’t overdo it- healthy becomes unhealthy quickly with excess. Examples: Avocado, nuts and fish.
Limit Added Sugars: Most snacks have a high sugar to nutrition ratio, which makes them… stupid snacks. Added and refined sugars have a high correlation with diabetes and heart diseases. Examples: Popcorn, almond butter, pistachios and the new high protein energy bites.
Consume High Fiber Food: Fiber helps you with weight control and to keep hunger in check by making you feel full for longer. Examples: Apples, nuts, carrots and raspberries. Smart snacks—even the healthiest ones—need to not be consumed to excess. The best snacks are those that are filling and satisfying. The takeaway? Snack away, but do so in moderation and within these four pillars.