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3 Healthy Snacking Tips for Adults

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3 Healthy Snacking Tips for Adults

Did you know that snacking is also an important part of your diet?

Snacking although given a bad image is good if you do it in moderation and if you make healthy choices. Snacking curbs hunger and stops you from digesting the dining room when you eventually sit down to eat a meal. Snacking also boosts our energy level to do more work. 

Snacking is eating between meals. Healthy snacking is making healthy snack choices eaten between meals. Snacking is often seen as a bad thing assume snacking to be all about junk food. 

Eating healthy doesn’t only apply to what you eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner but it also applies to snacking because healthy snacking can help you get all the nutrients you need. 

For some people trying to shed some weight, healthy snacking might be a bit of a challenge. Keep scrolling to get insight on how to snack healthy because not all snacks are healthy. 

 

Don’t stay thirsty

Dehydration is sometimes disguised as a feeling of hunger which results in snacking. You can take water-filled grapes, apples, watermelon, and the likes. Beverages and juices might also be considered but they contain added sugar, artificial flavors, and carbohydrate. Water is the best way to stay hydrated. 

 

Choose your snacks wisely

 There’s quite a lot to consider in this tip so I’ll make a list for better understanding 

  • Check the nutritional value of a snack you’re about to consume if you are not sure if the snack is healthy or not. The nutritional value will give you information concerning the contents of that particular snack. Mind you, eating a particular snack with the same nutritional value may result in you eating too much and packing on extra pounds. 
  • Avoid food with transfat. Hydrogenated oil is the code for transfat the FDI allows companies to use to claim their products have zero grams of trans fat if they contain less than half a gram per serving. Transfat increases the risk of heart diseases. 
  • Salts are present in packaged and processed foods like chips and salts are known to cause hypertension and osteoporosis 
  • Watch out for snacks with low calories and fat but almost no protein or fiber or none at all. These snacks won’t keep you full for long. 
  • Go for fruits and vegetables.  They are full of vitamins and low in calories and fat. Fruit flavored drink is a less healthy choice than fruits because they contain artificial flavors and added sugar. 
  • Nuts are a healthy snack choice because they possess heart healthy fibers.
  • Consider low-fat dairy products like yogurt 
  • Remember not to bring unhealthy snacks into the house and if that is not possible don’t put them within eyesight. Always carry healthy snacks around

 

Don’t stay too long before taking the next meal and don’t skip meals

The interval between meals should not be too long (4- 6 hours). The biggest cause of overeating is under-eating- Katherine Talladge, R.D., a nutritionist in Washington, D.C. It is advisable to plan ahead of what you’ll eat so that you’ll have healthy choices planned. 

 

Bonus tips 

  • Eat slowly, it aids easy digestion. 
  • Eat out of the bag so that you will be mindful of your portion
  • Talk a walk. A 15 minutes walk will nix chocolate cravings 
  • Do not snack while distracted. It causes mindless snacking and overeating. 

 

Examples of Healthy snacks are;

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Fruit leader without added sugar
  • Pretzels
  • Yogurt (low fat or non- fat)
  • Carrots
  • Nuts
  • String cheese
  • Snap peas
  • Whole-grain dry cereal
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Pumpkin seeds in the shell
  • Hummus

 

With all this said, you can agree with me that snacking healthy is not impossible. Be wise while buying snacks and don’t eat at extended intervals. An apple is a healthy choice than a bag of chips, remember that. Try these tips and feel free to contact me on my email if you think I left something out. 

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