Why healthy snacking is Important!
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Increased Nutrient Intake
Eating a healthy snack allows you to add to your intake of essential nutrients. Fruits and vegetables add vitamins A and C, both of which are important for immunity, wound healing and teeth and gums. They also offer fiber and fill your stomach for very few calories. Add low-fat cheese, yogurt or hummus to increase protein intake, which is necessary for healthy muscles, skin, cells and hair. Whole grain crackers add complex carbohydrates and additional fiber. Low-fat dairy foods increase calcium intake, a nutrient that is needed for healthy bones. A handful of nuts at snack time adds healthy fats to your diet, which protect your heart and brain.
Having a snack between meals prevents you from becoming so hungry that you reach for unhealthy junk food. A healthy snack keeps hunger at bay and allows you to stick to a moderate amount of food when you do eat your next meal. Choose snacks such as string cheese and fruit or peanut butter on whole grain crackers; these items are low in calories but will satisfy hunger.
A healthy snack made up of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats increases your energy levels for a longer period of time than sugary snacks do. This is because sugar will cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash, leaving you hungry and lethargic. Complex carbohydrates are a stable source of energy, and including them in a healthy snack helps you power through your tasks between meals. A good choice would be yogurt with a small amount of granola or trail mix.
Adding healthy snacks between meals increases focus and performance, both at school and work. Children are able to comprehend and retain information presented in the classroom at a higher rate when their bodies are fueled consistently, according to the American Dietetic Association. Adults may find that eating a small snack in the afternoon gets them through their tasks more quickly and efficiently. Try snacks such as vegetables and hummus, popcorn or a low-calorie energy bar.
My Take on Snacking!
I am a big fan of healthy snacking! It prevents me from overeating throughout the day as well as at meal times. I carry snacks with me everywhere I go, so whenever or where ever I am, I don’t have to worry about going hungry. It also keeps me energized and allows me to give my body more nutrients to keep my body moving.
Also water is a must throughout the day; I drink at least 4 liters!
My favorite on the go snacks include:
Quest Bars (Coconut Cashew is my favorite flavor!) Wanna Try Click here!
GNC Lean Shakes (Vanilla Bean is my favorite) Here!
Quinoa Rice Crackers
Mixed Veggies with Dip
Light n’ Fit Greek Yogurt
Raw Nuts and dried fruits
Skinny Pop Popcorn
I make sure I plan my to-go snacks by cutting up my veggies and fruits and putting them in multiple Tupperware containers! It defiantly makes life a little easier!
When I am at home or have time, I like to get into more detail as far as preparing my snacks:
Pineapple & Apple Chucks with Honey Cinnamon Drizzle
Peanut Butter Toast with Cinnamon & Banana
I also enjoy baking new snacks like my new favorite, Paleo apricot cranberry energy squares!!