Healthy snacking is probably one of the hardest things to do well. It’s easy to walk into a store and purchase a bag of chips and a coke, however, not as easy to cover the hunger pains when you are trying to be healthy. Snacking is largely spontaneity, however having a game plan can turn those grab-and-go moments into opportunities to eat well, conquer our worst urges, and pump up our energy.
Many people will hit snack time about three hours after a meal, but some will get there faster. In those cases, experts say, don’t punish your rumbling belly. Go ahead and have a bite.
What to snack on: Keep these general guidelines in mind when choosing a snack: 150 to 250 calories, about 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and no more than 12 grams of fat. “Protein and fiber help you feel full and satisfied”. Realistically, hitting all these markers with every snack is near impossible. So aim for overall balance.
Check out these ideas for healthy snacking: