A snack is not a meal. It’s a bridge between meals that is designed to prevent you from over eating. The idea is simple: By snacking you never go too long without eating, are able to maintain your blood sugar levels, and can prevent yourself from making an over-indulgent splurge at your next main meal. If you eat lunch at 1 pm the ideal snack should be consumed around 4:30 or 5. By doing so, you’ll show up at your 8 pm dinner satisfied, but hungry—instead of arriving cranky and ravenous.
You know the drill: That burning hunger causes you to inhale 3 pieces of bread and a glass of wine before you’ve even ordered! But when you snack, you’re able to stick to your plan of chicken and veggies, regardless of what others are having. It’s time to get off the eating rollercoaster and make smart snacking your mantra.
Here’s what you need to know:
Protein: Build your snack around the protein. About 1.5 ounces is enough to keep you satisfied without becoming a full meal.
Calories: I don’t count calories but that doesn’t mean calories don’t count. Aim to keep your snack at about 150-200 calories.
Keep in “natural:” If something has to be labeled “fat-free”, choose something else. The fewer ingredients, the better the plan.
Balance: Each snack should have some protein, carbs and healthy fats. So an apple with almonds is better than an apple or almonds by themselves.
On my next post I’ll share my 7 favorite snacks to keep hunger at bay. For more advice and tips visit me at www.valeriewaters.com.
AUTHOR: Valerie Waters
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