Is it healthy to snack?
If your meals are not oversized and your snacks are usually healthy, you can enjoy snacking without feeling guilty. You may need to snack if you:
- Have increased energy demands from sports or jobs that require heavy labor
- Have diabetes and need to prevent low blood sugar
- Skip meals and run out of energy
- Want to manage hunger to prevent overeating at meal times
Be careful to limit high-calorie, high-fat foods such as candy bars, chips, and ice cream so you can avoid unwanted weight gain and increased health risks. The best choices for snacks are foods that are:
- Low in saturated fat, such as lean meats, or low or fat-free dairy products
- High in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, or whole grain foods
Snacks that are high in protein and fiber may satisfy hunger longer.
Examples of healthy snacks include:
- Flavored rice cakes or pretzels with cheese or a low fat dip
- Graham crackers with peanut butter
- Crunchy vegetables (carrots, celery, jicama, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers) with low fat dip
- Low calorie yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit
- Fresh or frozen fruits without added sugar
- Fat free string cheese
- Air popped unbuttered popcorn
- Zero calorie flavored water, mineral water, unsweetened teas, or drinks sweetened with Splenda or Stevia instead of sodas or energy drinks
Can I eat high-fat, high-calorie foods sometimes?
If you try to avoid all sweets and high-fat foods, you may start craving them and start overeating. Itâ€™s better to enjoy eating a high-fat, high-calorie snack now and then. If you feel guilty or you want to have this kind of snack more often, skip an extra serving of food at dinner or exercise a little longer. You can have a high-calorie snack sometimes, as long as you also stay active.
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2015-01-02
Last reviewed: 2015-01-02
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