One reason snacking has gotten such a bad rap is because so many common ‘snack foods’ are high in fat, sugar, salt and energy.
Susan Bowerman, director of Nutrition Education and Traning at Herbalife says there is nothing wrong with having a snack – just steer clear of the junk and instead put together a snack that will provide a mix of low-fat protein and complex carbohydrates. The carbs will be digested first and satisfy your hunger right away, and the protein will give your snack a bit more staying power. The protein-carb combo can be put together in many different ways.
Health snack suggestions from Bowerman:
- Protein shake made with non-fat or low-fat milk, protein powder and fruit.
- Protein snack bars are great to carry with you, so you always have a healthy snack on hand.
- Plain non-fat yoghurt, sweetened with a little maple syrup and cinnamon, topped with fruit.
- Raw veggies such as carrots, cherry tomatoes and peppers dipped in hummus.
- Non-fat latte made with milk or soy milk.
- Non-fat cottage cheese topped with diced veggies or fresh fruit.
- Small handful of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans or soy nuts).
- Sliced hard-boiled egg on tomato slices with a twist of freshly ground pepper.
- Edamame soybeans heated up, with a drizzle of low-sodium soy sauce.
- Canned tuna mashed with avocado and spread on a few whole-grain crackers.
- A few slices of turkey or smoked salmon wrapped around cucumber sticks.
Source: Herbalife. Images: Pixabay