Snacking between meals is an individual preference, and while some of us prefer to eat just three meals a day, others feel the need for snacks as well.
We often avoid snacking between meals especially if we are trying to lose weight. However, a healthy snack can be beneficial as long as it is only a snack and is eaten halfway between meals. The tip is to keep it small, and ensure it is healthy.
Healthy Snacking is important as it –
- Increases nutrient intake especially if you choose minimally processed whole foods
- Helps control appetite – having a planned snack between meals can prevent you from reaching for something unhealthy
- Increases energy – a healthy snack made up of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats increases your energy levels for a longer period of time than sugary snacks
- Increases concentration – adding healthy snacks between meals increases focus and performance, both at school and work
Check out the video below for some healthy snack options.