Snacking has become a nearly universal behavior. Nearly 97% of Americans are snacking at least once per day, with more than 40% snacking three to four times. What you choose to snack on should match your health goals and can make all the difference.
Here are 6 tips to help you snack smarter:
1. Choose wisely. Select snacks that will fill nutrient gaps; avoid snacks that may be low-calorie or low-fat but devoid of nutrients.
2. Drink up. Stayin hydrated is just as important as fueling your body consistently; stick to hydrating low-calorie beverages the still or sparkling water or iced tea.
3. Timing is everything. Don’t wait too long between meals; it could lead to overindulging later.
4. Keep it convenient. Make healthy snacks visible and accessible; you’ll be more likely to grab them when hunger strikes.
5. Portions matter. Too much of a good thing can still be too much; stick to appropriate portion sizs.
6. Plan ahad. Whether it’s keeping the care, desk, or travel bag stocked, planning ahead can save time and keep you on track.
When I snack, I aim for finding a source of protein + carbohydrates + fat.
Almonds + dried apricots
Almond butter + apple slices
Cheese stick + orange
Nuts + dark chocolate (a little indulgence can be exactly what I need to make it through the rest of my day).
*Information taken from the California Almonds “Snacking Just Got Smarter” handout.