Snacking is a great way to maintain physical and mental energy between meals. It's also a great way to prevent cravings and to avoid overeating at the next meal.
But not all snacks are equal. There's a big difference between a Snickers bar and a slice of watermelon. Here are some things to consider when choosing a snack:
If it comes in a package, look for whole foods ingredients. Make sure all the ingredients listed are recognizable and easy to pronounce.
Next check out the protein, fat, and sugar content. Make sure there is a little bit of everything and that the snack isn't mostly sugar. If the snack is predominantly sugar, it is likely to only curb your hunger for only a short time. High sugar snacks also have a tendency to elevate blood sugar which will make you crash later (aka - the 3PM slump) which will make you want to eat more to bring your energy back up. This cycle encourages bodyfat storage.
Lastly consider the serving size. Your individual serving size should be able to fit the size of your hand. Remember, this is just a snack - not a meal.
Here a few snack ideas:
- Lara Bar - Go Raw bars/snacks - The Real Bar - Celery sticks/cucumber/apple/pear/etc and a Tbsp or two of unsalted almond butter - 1 cup of Greek yogurt (if you're lactose-tolerant) sweetened with stevia/xylitol/organic honey/fruit - 10 raw almonds or 5 raw Brazil nuts and 1 small piece of fruit or fresh berries - Small amount of raw cheese or goat cheese plus a small piece of fruit or crunchy chopped veggies (or veggies with fresh hummus)