Your stomach talks to you all day (it never shuts up!) Your bag or desk drawer is strategically stocked with a wide assortment of get-me-through-to-the-next-meal morsels. You struggle to turn down a slice of office birthday cake—hungry or not. And the 3 PM munchies may lead to pre-dinner nachos or in my mom’s case, Popcorn.
Healthy snacking improves overall health, curbs cravings, fights weight gain, regulates mood, boosts brain power and gives you the energy you need to keep going all day.
Resisting the urge to reach for a burger, candy, or chips when you're hit with a snack attack can make a big difference in your health — regardless of your age.
Avoiding extreme hunger increases the likelihood that you'll pick the healthy snack rather than raiding the doughnut box in the break room or overeating at meals.
The easy part is the frequent meals; the hard part is keeping them small. We are used to big meals. Another key is to keep healthy snacks on hand. The best way to avoid eating food that you shouldn't is to not keep any around, For the same reason you're not supposed to go grocery shopping when you're hungry — you buy a lot of stuff you don’t need or really should not have.
Your blood sugar dips three to five hours after you eat. Eating small, frequent snacks keeps your metabolism revved up and helps normalize blood sugar. Hunger can throw your body into famine mode, which slows metabolism and makes it easier to pack on the pounds. So don’t ever try starving yourself in order to lose weight. It really won’t work.
Foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes are satisfying and are packed with the nutrients, fiber, and protein that your body needs, and they guard against sugar highs and lows, so you are less likely to give in to your sweet tooth — or whatever your dietary Achilles' heel may be.
You have to change your views about snacks. See food as fuel.
When you eat a candy bar or that high sugar granola bar you are giving your body quick burning fuel. It will give you a mega boost in energy but not for long and after it has burned out it will leave you hungrier than you initially were. While, Fruits, nuts,seeds, vegetables etc. can be seen as slow burning fuel, giving you more drive. These foods contain load of healthy fiber to ease in digestion as well as helping you get a slow release in energy.
Most people are afraid of snacking because they think that it can in some way affect your weight gain, but in actually reality, snacking can help you control your weight much better. If you never let yourself get to the point of starvation hunger you won’t over eat.
Calories are not just calories. Remember you want to fill your body with healthy, nutrient dense, taste good calories that will give you longer lasting energy, not empty fattening calories.
Eating a healthy snack allows you to add to your intake of essential nutrients. Fruits and vegetables add vitamins A and C, both of which are important for immunity, wound healing and teeth and gums. They also offer fiber and fill your stomach for very few calories. Whole grain crackers add complex carbohydrates and additional fiber. A handful of nuts at snack time adds healthy fats to your diet, which protect your heart and brain.