Guest blog by beHealthybeHappy
Available snacks are crucial for an optimal diet. How many times have you gotten home starving? Or found yourself not ready with a full-blown meal but hungry? How many times have you found yourself stuck somewhere and wanted to eat right then? This is when snacking is handy. Having ready ingredients for quick snacks is key here. Being able to open the fridge and grab something healthy such as carrots and almond butter for a quick snack to tame the hunger until dinner is ready is critical. Or making a smoothie in a matter of 5 min to get you through lunch. Maybe even carrying homemade popcorn instead of chips when you need to kill some time and feel hungry. Readily available healthy snacks could eliminate the need of eating fast unhealthy foods such as chips, cookies, fast food burgers, etc.
What is snacking
Snacking is a small meal eaten between big meals. beHealthybeHappy believes in healthy snacking. We think eating healthy snacks 3-4 hours after a big meal can boost your overall nutrition. We suggest the snack to be fiber and protein-rich so it keeps you going until a bigger meal. In our snack recipes, we also combined ingredients for ultimate nutrient absorption. Here are some examples of healthy snacks:
- Yogurt with fruit
- String Cheese
- Veggies and butter snack
- Fruit and butter snack
- Healthy pudding
Audience For Our Article
In this article, we are addressing the average person who doesn’t have specific dietary needs. Athletes and people with certain health conditions such as diabetes may need a specialized personalized diet plan.
How Snacking Can Help Us
- Eating snacks may keep us away from feeling too hungry. Being too hungry could lead to irritation or being “hangry”. Waiting too long to have a meal could also lead to a lack of focus, acidity, shakiness, low energy, and low blood sugar levels
- Eating often can prevent eventual over-eating. Depriving yourself of food for too long could lead to ignoring your body’s satiety signals when you are finally eating a meal. Then, this could lead to binging. Binging on food short after feeling hunger can lead to gaining weight and unhealthy eating habits. Eating a lot of food too quickly can also lead to nausea, bloating, and exhaustion.
- Eating often boosts your metabolism*
- Often eating burns more fat during the day*
* There is not enough research evidence to support those statements but experts believe them to be true
beHealthybeHappy’s goal is to help people live healthier and happier lives. We do that by helping people find meaning in their lives, enjoy eating healthier food, and find joy in moving.
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