Delicious And Nutritious Snacks
Snacking smart isn’t just about controlling calories -- you need foods that satisfy your hunger, keep you full and provide high-quality nutrients. This may sound like a tall order, but if you know what to look for, you’ll be snacking smart in no time.
When your stomach starts to grumble in the middle of the morning or during the mid-afternoon slump, grab a snack full of fiber. Fiber is a nutrient that helps keep you full by slowing down digestion. Legumes, fruit, vegetables and whole grains are all packed with fiber, making them good choices. Consider the following fiber-filled snacks:
Just because a food is filled with fat doesn't mean it's automatically off-limits when it comes to snacking. Fat is actually an essential nutrient that should account for 20 to 30 percent of your daily calorie intake. That said, make sure you're choosing the right kinds of fats. Fats that come from plant sources -- like olives, avocados and nuts -- tend to contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats, or "healthy" fats. These fats add satiety to your food without clogging your arteries. Just keep an eye on portion size, as fat calories can add up fast. Consider the following fat-filled snacks:
Eating protein-filled snacks helps keep you full until your next meal because proteins take longer for the body to digest and assimilate. Many of the snacks mentioned provide proteins from plant sources, but there's nothing wrong with turning to animal sources for a quick protein pick-me-up. Consider the following protein-packed snacks:
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