Make That Snack a Healthy One
“If you choose carefully and plan ahead, sensible snacks can be part of any healthful eating plan,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Isabel Maples. “Snacks can prevent overeating at mealtimes and throughout the day,” she adds. “For children and adults alike, snacks can supply foods and nutrients that we might miss in meals. Snacks especially offer a great way to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.” Maples offers these suggestions:
- Plan your snacks. Keep a variety of tasty, nutrient-rich, ready-to-eat foods nearby for when you need a bite to take the edge off hunger. Try fresh fruit, air-popped popcorn, whole-wheat crackers, dried fruit and nut mixes, almonds, and fat-free yogurt.
- Go easy on high-calorie snacks such as chips, candy and soft drinks. Save these for special occasions, not everyday snacks.
- Snack when you’re hungry – not because you’re bored, stressed or frustrated. “Exercise can actually be a great way to feed those emotional urges,” says Maples.
–Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics