An ideal snack gives you protein or fiber -- or both -- to help you feel full. It should give you plenty of energy without too many calories. Avoid snack foods that are high in added sugar and refined carbohydrates, because they can boost blood sugar too much.
No time to prepare and package your own smart snacks? No worries, your favorite snack manufacturers have made healthful nibbling easier than ever by introducing a variety of new diet-friendly products to the market.
Read labels to make sure prepackaged snacks follow these simple guidelines:
Hitting all these markers with every snack is nearly impossible, so aim for overall balance. If one snack is short on protein, for instance, make sure your next one has a little extra protein.
Author: Kristen Ciuba
Kristen is a Nutritionist at Diet-to-Go, based in Lorton, VA. She tries to “practice what she preaches” by fitting in healthy foods and cooking, challenging exercise, and quality time with family and friends every day!