Busy, full days at work or uni can keep you from eating proper and regular meals. In this article, Emily L. Cristobal shares some advice on snacking healthfully so that you won't have to go hungry!
With busy schedules, it is sometimes difficult to find time to eat a full meal. When this occurs, an easy solution is to snack on something small that provides a boost of energy.
Although this article talks about snacking, it is important to keep in mind that you should only snack if you really need to. Snacking is mainly used to stem hunger if there are long periods of time between eating meals. An article from Healthline said that snacking can help to prevent ravenous hunger, which is when people consume more calories than they need because they go too long without eating.
Often times when people snack, it is simply because they see food in front of them and end up eating it. However, this is not the 'proper' way to snack. What makes matters even worse is that the snacks that are present in front of us are often full of fat and sodium. Although there is nothing wrong with occasionally eating a bag of chips and candy, it is important to only eat it in moderation and not resort to these unhealthy foods when you can invest in healthier choices. Try to avoid snacks that are processed and are high in sugar. Although they may give you a burst of energy, you will probably be hungry an hour or two later.
When snacking, it is important to keep in mind food portions. You don’t want to eat too much and kill your appetite, but you also want to eat enough to keep you sustained. On average, depending on how active you are, you should eat snacks that contain about 200 calories. If you are traveling it is also helpful to pack snacks that are portable and easy to eat on the go.
The following list includes some easy and healthy snacks that I enjoy eating:
- String cheese
- Apples and peanut butter
- Mixed nuts
- Yogurt with fruit
- Mixed fruit
- Dark chocolate and almonds
- Carrots and hummus
- Cherry tomatoes and mozzarella
- Granola bars
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