For a long time snacking has been associated with weight gain, bad habits and other negative connotations. Let’s be honest- snacking has become the victim of a bad rep. In reality, snacking can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. It’s not the act of snacking that derails your diet; it’s the snacks you choose!
Regular snacks are beneficial to add into your daily routine. In order to fend off ravenous hunger, it is crucial to mix in snacks with your regular meals. It is recommended to have 2 small snacks along with your three regular meals. Eating every three to four hours keeps your metabolism fired up and prevents you from reaching for candy at your 3pm slump. Penciling in your snacks for certain times of day such as mid morning or mid afternoon will prevent you from grazing throughout the day and eating unnecessary extra calories.
The main way to maintain your weight while snacking? Portion control. Make sure to only eat one serving of your desired snack. Many boxes and bags can be deceiving.
It’s not just the calories in the snack that count but also the quality of those calories. Just because a serving of M&M’s has 180 calories doesn’t mean that it qualifies as a filling or sufficient healthy snack. Look for unprocessed snacks that have a combination of protein, healthy fats and carbs.
- Greek yogurt: Plain 0% with blueberries and a drizzle of honey
- Beef Jerky- Look for all natural brands such as Krave
- Quest Protein Bars- these are minimally processed with 25 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber. Not to mention they taste like dessert!
- Apple with nut butter
- Rice cakes with peanut butter and low sugar jelly
- Hardboiled eggs
- Sliced vegetables with hummus or guacamole
- Low fat string cheese