Snacking between meals can be a great tool for improving your overall health - if you're snacking smart. Smart snacking is a great way to keep your energy and blood sugar stable if you're feeling hungry and/or fatigued between meals. Smart snacks keep your appetite in control so you don't feel the urge to binge on unhealthy foods or overeat at mealtimes, and they give your body and brain the fuel they need to perform at work or school. However, unhealthy snacks can leave you sluggish and sugar-high and sabotage your weight loss.
Portion Perspective: A snack isn't a meal in itself, and it isn't an endless series of trips to the office candy bowl or that tempting bag of chips. Aim to keep your snack to about 200 calories or fewer. It's much easier to control the number of calories you consume if you use a plate or bowel: eating right out of the bag or container is a sure-fire way to consume more than you mean to.
Protein and Carbs: a winning combo: Including protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats is the best way to ensure that your snack keeps you full and satisfied.
Next time your stomach starts growling midmorning or you need a little something to tide you over till dinner, skip the vending machine and try one of the easy combinations below.
- an apple and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- an English muffin with 1 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese and 1 tablespoon fruit spread
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese) & 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- a banana and 10 almonds
- 1 serving of whole-grain crackers with 1 ounce of cheese
- 1/2 an avocado with 1-2 tablespoons of salsa
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 cup of sliced veggies (such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers) with 2 tablespoons of hummus
- 1 orange and a low-fat string cheese
- 1 cup watermelon cubes sprinkled with one ounce of feta cheese.
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