Snacking can either be healthy or totally detrimental to all your hard work and effort.
Now if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t feel hungry between meals then you probably don’t snack anyway. But if you do then you need to be refuelling in a healthy way.
Check out these three things to consider when it comes to snacking (a well as a handy list of healthy snacks to choose from!).
Prepping your snacks and meals
You can ensure that all the snacking you do is of the healthy variety by planning in advance. So when that 3 o’clock slump hits you’ll know exactly what you’ll go for.
You don’t want to make healthy snacking a chore so keep some roasted nuts, fruit or Greek yogurt in supply.
One way to be sure that you’re not consuming more calories than you need (or too many snacks in a day!) is to be mindful of what you eat at each meal. If your breakfast is high in sugar and low in protein then you’re going to experience a spike in sugar levels followed by a drop. Then you’ll need to refuel. Make smart choices for your meals and this will curb those hunger pangs.
When to snack
Healthy snacking is about eating something small when you’re feeling a bit hungry, not just for the sake of it!
Before you reach for a snack ask yourself ‘am I actually hungry?’ Many people get into the habit of snacking when they’re bored so it’s important to differentiate between that and actually being hungry.
What to snack on
When choosing a snack consider the size of it. It can be easy to over-snack and end up having another meal. What you can do is to aim for something around 100-150 calories (and maybe less if you’re trying to lose weight). Something like a piece of fruit and a small handful of nuts would work well.
Stay away from the bowls of sugary cereal, pastries or chocolate. This will only lead to that sugar spike and the crash. And after the crash you’ll feel hungry all over again. Foods that are high in fibre and protein are the best option because they’ll keep you fuller for longer and won’t send you on a sugar rollercoaster.