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What Does a Healthy Snack Look Like?

What Does a Healthy Snack Look Like?

To sting or not to sting? What do you eat a Snack? These questions may have crossed her mind a few times when she came to the refrigerator door after a long day at work or while she was on her way to the store. Is there a correct answer? We asked Diane Gavilli, clinical dietitian at UW Medical Center, for her expert opinion, so the next time we're hungry, we know exactly what foods to eat.

First, let's define snacks.

Snacks are any time you have food or drinks between regular meals. However, the word snack often conjures up thoughts of junk food and high levels of sugar and salt, not particularly nutrients. While I believe that all foods can be eaten in moderation, most of the time I recommend nutritious snacks over junk food.

Is snacking recommended?

As for whether or not to recommend snacking, this varies from person to person. Some bodies do better when they eat small, frequent meals that are similar to snacks to keep them active throughout the day. This is especially true for people who have long days and spend several hours between their main meals. Other agencies do well with three full meals a day.

Very active people often need a snack after a workout. This is especially important to replenish the body with carbohydrates and protein that it needs to rebuild itself.

How do you know if you need a snack?

If you are generally very hungry or have low blood sugar between main meals, then it might make sense to include a small nutritious snack between meals to prevent these problems.

How many snacks should I eat a day? And when should I get it?

Again, the answer to this question is the right amount for you so that you don't feel too hungry or full too. You can usually include 2-3 small snacks a day as long as you adjust the serving size accordingly when it comes time to eat your main meals.

There are different opinions about the evening Snacks. Most studies show that it does not affect weight or metabolic rate. However, if you are just snacking for fun and not hunger, then you really don't need to eat. Also, for those with GERD, it is generally recommended not to eat for a few hours before going to bed. Diabetics should consult with their doctor or dietitian about the correct plan to help control blood sugar levels.

What foods should I eat as a snack?

Snacks should be fun, easy to make, nutritious, and nutritious. Foods that are high in fiber, that contain carbohydrates for quick fuel, or that contain protein for satiety are good choices. Get in the habit of checking the label (whenever possible) to get a better idea of ​​the ingredients in the foods you eat.

Do you have any tips for planning snacks ahead?

  • Keep bags or small containers on hand
  • Pack snacks the night before, so you can eat them in the morning
  • If your budget allows, many snacks come in individual sizes, such as mini peanut butter or hummus cups, small packets of veggies, cups of fresh fruit, or cheese sticks. (Consider sustainable packaging.)

What are some of your favorite snacks?

Popcorn definitely! I love it anyway, but when I'm on the go, I like to bring Irene's popcorn (hint: the Plaza Café has bags the size of a snack). I also really like Dubliner Kerry white cheddar cheese and Nut Thins Crackers.