Choosing snacks are so important to our daily meal plans. Snacks can either be healthy choices or they can derail our good intentions as it relates to healthy living. Snacks should be purposeful and not recreational. What do I mean by this? Well, when you choose to sit down and eat a snack, you should be hungry. Also, you should want to feed your body healthy and nutritional foods like fresh fruit, veggies, lean meats, not junk food like chips, cookies, candy, etc.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind when choosing snacks:
Tip 1: Don’t snack to boost your metabolism. Snacking will never boost your metabolism and lead to weight loss. Unfortunately, this can lead to the complete opposite which is overeating and gaining weight.
Tip 2: Do let yourself get hungry. When you eat, your blood sugar goes up. Then, after a while, it starts to go down again. Refrain from just eating snacks when you’re not hungry that leads to a pattern of overall elevated blood sugar levels.
Tip 3: Don’t assume you need to snack to keep your blood sugar steady. If need be, monitor your own blood sugar periodically before and a couple hours after meals so you can get familiar with your personal blood sugar patterns. Then, discuss your eating habits with your doctor to determine if regular snacks are a good idea for you.
Tip 4: Do use snacks to fill the hunger gaps. Snacking can be a great way to get healthy foods into your diet. Fruits and veggies are a good place to start.
Remember, when choosing a snack think of them as mini-meals that help you meet your nutritional goals throughout your day. When in doubt, choose a piece of fruit, ¼ cup of nuts, hummus with fresh veggies, or roasted chickpeas to balance protein, carbs, and fat.