Snacks are an important part of our overall diet, but we can easily fall into common snacking traps that can hamper our efforts to eat healthy foods.
Benefits of regular snacking:
It can be easy to snack for the wrong reasons – which can lead to overeating and weight gain.
Try to snack when you are hungry and avoid snacking when:
Having healthy snacks on hand at home and away can improve our snack choices. Planning ahead can help prevent poor last-minute snack choices – like fast food or junk food. To make healthy snacking simpler, consider:
Some healthy snack ideas:
Choosing Healthy Beverages
Selecting a healthy beverage is an important part of healthy snacks. Beverages can be a source of extra calories and added sugar – which can cause weight gain - and drinking calories will often leave you hungry sooner than consuming calories from food.
Some smart beverage selections include:
To make water more interesting, try adding slices of fresh fruit or making ice cubes with fresh fruit slices. You might also try adding a small amount of 100% fruit juice for flavor.
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