Is it ok to snack? My answer is yes!
The key is to choose your snacks wisely. Keep healthy snack options in your car, gym bag or purse. That way you won’t find yourself choosing something processed (convenience food). When eating at home, always practice portion control by using small plates and bowls. Avoid eating from a bag, box or container. By doing so, you will eat less and set positive and healthy eating habits for those around you.
Fueling your body with nutrient dense foods every four hours is important. This will keep your blood sugar level stable and keep you energized. I often refer to our metabolism as our “motor.” We try not to let our cars run on low fuel. Why do we allow ourselves to go long periods of time without eating? This only slows down our metabolism.
Snacks should contain a healthy combination of protein, fiber and carbohydrates. This healthy balance of nutrients will keep you feeling fuller longer. For the average teen and adult, snacks should be 200 calories or less. Athletes may require snacks that contain 200 to 300 calories. Intensity of exercise and duration will determine the appropriate amount needed.
Keep your Motor revving!