Snacking can either be a healthy way to include important nutrients and fiber, or it can be a diet downfall. Common snacks tend to be high in processed carbohydrate and low in fiber and protein. Consider using these tips to choose your snacks!
- Load up on fruits and vegetables. The dietary guideline is to consume 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (minimum). Since this can be tough to fit in just at meals, consider adding more to snacks.
- Add the protein. Protein helps us feel full, reduce cravings and manage weight. Make an effort to include protein at most snacks- edamame, greek yogurt, cheese stick, protein bar, vegan protein powder, cottage cheese, etc.
- Choose whole foods. Processed foods in a box or bag often contain more sodium and processed oil.
- Plan ahead. If you don’t bring snacks to work, you may find yourself visiting the vending machine instead. Plan out snacks before grocery shopping, just like you would your meals.
- Mind your hunger. Some days you may be very hungry and other days you may not. Be flexible with your snack timing based off of when you naturally get hungry. Just don’t wait until you are starving!
- Consider these food ideas!
Whole grain crackers