Diet: Snack Sensibly for All-Day Energy
Good news: snacking is A-OK… if you snack on the right foods, anyway! Check it out:
Skip snacks? Not unless you want to sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Healthy munching keeps blood sugars steady, hunger in check and energy levels soaring. So don’t be afraid to reach for a piece of fruit or container of yogurt if you’re running on empty between meals.
Just don’t use snacking as an excuse to eat junk, and beware the vending machine trap where snacks range from a healthy 150 calories to a gut-busting 350+ calories.
If you’re stuck ordering a la carte from the vending machine, skip the saturated fat-filled candy bars and sugar-loaded sweets. Shift your focus over to more wholesome snacks, such as fresh fruits and veggies, dried fruit, nuts, and whole grains.
Experts agree that a healthy snack should supply between 100-200 calories to meet your body’s energy demands between meals. Just remember to keep tally of your snacks and count them all toward your total daily caloric intake.
Otherwise, losing track of your snacks can lead to a sneak attack on your waistline.
One of my favorite healthy snacks is popcorn. Air popped popcorn is the healthiest for you, since it doesn’t have any added butter or oils, but for convenience, I like Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop single serving bags; they’re 100 calories and 94% fat free!