Yes! Snacking can help promote a healthy weight. If you need to gain weight, snacks in between your meals can help provide additional calories and protein to help you reach your goal weight. If you need to lose weight, smart snacks can also be useful in helping you reach your goal. Pairing a protein-rich food with fiber and a small amount of fat will keep you more satisfied and help prevent you feeling starving at meal times. Waiting until you feel starving at eat a meal, can lead to you over eating and possibly consuming more calories than you need. Be sure to plan ahead and pack healthy snacks to prevent not so great options like chips or candy.
Here’s a few healthy snack ideas!
1 medium apple + 1 tablespoon of nut butter
1 cup of popcorn + 1 oz of almonds
6oz of plain 2% yogurt + ½ cup fresh berries
2 hardboiled egg
2 tablespoon of hummus + 4 GG crackers
2 oz roasted chickpeas + 10 baby carrots
Protein bar (be sure to choose a bar with less than 250 calories)
1 slice of whole wheat bread + 1/2 avocado
Kale chips + 1 cheese stick
Remember to choose a snack with protein, fiber and healthy fats to help you feel full and satisfied until your next meal! What’s your favorite thing to snack on?