Very few people eat 3 square meals anymore, often reaching for 5-6 smaller meals and snacks throughout the day instead. But is that a bad thing? Snacking used to hold a bad reputation as a way to overeat or indulge in "junk food". This certainly doesn't have to be the case however! By reaching for healthy snacks you can:
- prevent hunger between meals and subsequent overindulgence
- fill nutritional gaps and boost your intake of fruits and veggies
- keep your energy level and moods more stable throughout the day
Sounds great right? It is. But that doesn't mean that you should start reaching for a snack every time you get the chance! It is important to listen to your body and understand if what you're feeling is really hunger or something else.
Part of the reason snacking has gotten such a bad rap is due to the kinds of foods people tend to reach for. Chips, cookies, candy etc. We usually reach for these kinds of snacks out of convenience or cravings, but rarely out of hunger.
If what you're feeling sounds more like a craving, it may be best to occupy yourself with something else, it will pass. But if it's really hunger, then feel free to snack away! Within moderation of course ;) These are some of my favorite snacks:
- Greek yogurt with berries
- An apple with peanut butter
- Veggies with hummus
- Baked pita chips with salsa
- Mini pop-corn bags
What are some of your favorite snacks?