Healthy Snack Ideas – How to Be Smart About Snacking
Everyone has snacked or had the urge to snack at some point in their lifetime. It starts when we are kids. The reason snacking can be so unhealthy is the choices we make when the urge strikes us.
Candy Bars, Honey Buns, Sodas, and Potato Chips – let’s be honest, these are very delicious treats. In fact, I still find myself salivating at the thought of ripping into a soft honey bun. But the reality is, when you get the urge to snack, these treats can provide your body with hundreds of empty calories and plenty of unhealthy sugars and carbohydrates.
If you have a serious weight problem, changing the types of snacks you eat can help tremendously. If you don’t know where to start making these changes, here’s few tips.
Next time you’re at your grocery store you should try to make an effort to find healthy snacks to eat. Low fat yogurt, fruit, and complex carbohydrates like whole grain bread & cereals are an excellent place to start. Combine them with some protein-rich snacks like natural / organic peanut butter or low-fat cheese. Listen, the idea is to get things that you can spruce up & make more enjoyable. Healthy snacks encourage great energy levels and helps avoid weight gain.
If you’re not sure how to determine if a snack is health, here are few things to watch out for. Be weary of items that have health claims printed on the packages. Just because an item is labeled as “all natural” such as in juices doesn’t mean it’s not loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. All the extra sugar doesn’t help your case in losing weight.
Be cautions of foods that claim “low-fat”. Reading the nutrition labels will show that low-fat / no-fat foods contain extra amounts of sugars to enhance the bland taste from removing all the fat (that equals empty calories).
Smart Snacking Strategies
Read serving size information. What looks like a small package of cookies can contain 2 or more servings — this means double or even triple the amounts of fat, calories, and sugar shown on the label.
Don't slip up after dinner. Evenings can be a tempting time to indulge in sugary, fatty snacks. If you're really feeling hungry, don't ignore it. Instead, pick the right snacks to fill the hunger gap. Whole-wheat fig bars, rice cakes, or air-popped popcorn can do the trick, as can fruit paired with cheese or yogurt.
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