When you were little, snack time was probably your favorite part of the day. So why should that stop just because you grew up? Snack time is still important! Having two to three snacks throughout your day can provide you with numerous benefits as well as the ability to keep focused and up your performance at work. Let’s explore a few reasons why you should start eating healthy snacks.
Snacks are a great way to take control of your diet. Eating healthy snacks throughout your day helps decrease the likelihood that you will experience extreme hunger when waiting for the next meal of the day. Once hunger sets in it is difficult to make healthy choices and tends to lead to overeating of unhealthy foods. Having snacks ready to eat in-between meals will help curb that need to overeat during that next meal! Try packing a mix of almonds and cranberries, or a low-fat dairy product for your snacks tomorrow.
After a meal, our bodies are energized and ready to take on the day, but three to five hours after that your body has burned up a handful of that energy, and it’s time for you to eat a snack. It’s important to choose snacks that will sustain your energy and boost your mood instead of give you a high and then a flaming crash. Choosing snacks that are high in protein and low in sugar will fulfill your hunger longer than if you were to choose a candy bar. A snack such as a protein bar or a small cup of oatmeal will keep your energy up until your next meal.
Keep in Mind
Although snacking is important, there are a few guidelines you should snack by. Never eat a snack right before a meal; it will take away from being able to eat a proportional and nutritious meal. Also, only eat a snack if you are truly hungry. Eating when you're not hungry and eating out of emotion or boredom can lead to weight gain and an increase in the likelihood that you will choose an unhealthy snack.
Next time you reach for a snack, make sure it’s a healthy choice and ask yourself why you are snacking first, this will help you stray away from eating out of boredom or overeating. A healthy diet includes goals and if yours includes weight loss, a supplement that includes LOWAT® can support you in your journey. LOWAT® has been found to support the loss of body weight two times better than a placebo after eight weeks. Try incorporating a supplement along with your healthy snacks to create a balanced diet.