You may have heard that snacking is the reason you gain weight. Well, that may be true in some cases; it depends on what you snack on and what you are eating at regular meals. Snacking can actually be a good thing, if it’s done right. One of my favorite snacks include nuts and dried fruit. Nuts have protein to keep you fuller longer and even healthy fat that our bodies need. Other healthy snacks could include a serving of raw broccoli and low fat ranch dip, a tablespoon of peanut butter and apple slices or any fresh fruit of your choice. Eating several small meals throughout the day has seemed to boost my metabolism in the past and so far it still does. Also, don’t forget your water!! Drink up, all day! Hydration is so very key.
2 thoughts on “Healthy Snacking”
Great point about the distinction between good and bad types of snacking. Snacking only leads to weight gain when you’re eating junk food, or food with empty calories, and when you eat mindlessly. Some people eat so quickly that their bodies don’t have the time to say, “Okay, that’s enough.” I love eating dried apples, fresh fruit and veggies, or tamari almonds in particular as a snack, and of course, once in awhile when I want something a little sweet, I might have a cherry soyummi pudding. Again though, the important thing is recognizing what your body needs, rather than just eating for the sake of eating. That and knowing what foods you ought to buy organic because of the amount of pesticide residue they have…but that’s another story. :)
I work at a desk all day, and I admit, it is tough sometimes to resist the mindless eating. I’ve been very conscious about what I bring for lunch and snacks these days, however. I cannot seem to find your Soyummi pudding here in Florida. Is it available here yet? PS: I also love dried fruit!