Lets face it – we all love to snack. Unfortunately, after Winter is over and we try to get back into our Spring clothes, we realize they’re fitting a little more snug than they had last year and most of it has to do with the few extra calories we’re eating in between meals (or late at night when no one is looking).
Research has shown this is the case and it doesn’t have to be this way. If done right, snacking can be a really effective way to keep your energy levels high throughout the day as well give us more chances to get more of our nutritional needs. To help us all out, we’ve done the dirty work and researched what most nutritionists are saying are the things to keep in mind when snacking.
- Half an Avocado filled with cream cheese. Rich and creamy, this duo of fruit and dairy will make sure to quell most appetites with the right
- Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey. This guys has everything you could ask for: Healthy fats, fiber, protein, and some vitamin C for some added energy that is great during the cold season.
- Grapes and walnuts: C’mon you can’t say no to this. The easiest thing to pack and no cooking required.
- Hummus and wheat crackers: ‘Nuff said
- Oatmeal and blueberries: For those looking for a warmer snack during the winter months, this is a staple for obvious reasons. Add some honey for some natural sugars to keep you going past 2PM
If you normally live outside the typical list, here are a few things to keep in mind for your snacking.
Try to keep each snack below 200 calories that incorporates a 2:1 ration of protein and fiber. With protein keeping you full and fiber improving your digestion, these are sure fire ways you don’t head back to the fridge for a second helping of that delicious block cheese you decided to splurge on last night.