Eating snacks are a part of maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, only if they do not add to the empty calories. It is important to put some thoughts in what kind of snacks you are consuming, like any other part of your diet; otherwise you are bound to pick on something which is high on calorie, fat or sugar.
It’s a bad idea to keep yourself too hungry, because when you snack or eat, there is a tendency that encourages overeating. Drinking plenty of water, nearly 10 glasses in a day, will not only keep you hydrated, but will also keep you feeling less hungry. You can also include protein while snacking, as this helps in keeping you feeling fuller for a longer period of time.
Listed below are some different types of snacking. There is a big possibility that you are hungry for different types of snacks at different times on different days. Choose whatever sounds best to you, whatever is available and what is the best suitable in you eating strategy.
* Flavored popcorn or rice cakes
* Pretzels (with or without some honey mustard dip)
* Light microwave popcorn
* Baked tortilla chips with salsa
* An apple (with or without some caramel dipping sauce)
* Sliced strawberries with fat-free half and half
* Raw veggies (try a dip with ranch seasoning and fat-free sour cream)
* Frozen grapes
* String cheese
* Light yogurt
* Chocolate milk (made with low fat milk)
* Cottage cheese with canned pineapple
* Banana-chocolate whip
In a blender, combine 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 small banana, and a squeeze of chocolate syrup.
* Orange whip
In a blender, combine, 1 cup orange juice, 1 carton orange nonfat yogurt, and a few ice cubes)
* Light Root Beer Float
Diet root beer with 1 cup low fat ice cream
* Steaming mug of fat-free hot chocolate/cocoa (with added calcium)
* 2 whole wheat fig bars (look for these in the organic food section)
* 3 Hershey’s kisses
* Animal crackers (1/2 small box) and a cup of low fat milk
It is recommend that you keep a list of your favorite and healthy snacks ideas in your purse, or computer or even in refrigerator. Sometimes it gets difficult to get a good snack option. With the list in hand you will not be worried about your shopping.