Snack rules every woman should follow to get healthier
We have all been there; that afternoon hunger when the day old office donuts actually look appetizing. How can you avoid the overwhelming guilt that comes after a 3pm sugary snack? Pack a better option. Packing healthy foods for the unexpected snack attack will help you walk away before any damage is done.
There are 3 nutrients that give our bodies energy: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. When all three of these are eaten together, they slow digestion to help keep us fuller for longer.
So what should you be snacking on?
1. Fruits and veggies
That was a given, right? Fruits and vegetables are generally low in calories, but high in nutrition. They are full of fiber that will leave your stomach satisfied for longer periods, full of vitamins and minerals to keep you on your toes, and full of flavor and crunch to satisfy even the fiercest of snack attacks. Try cutting up vegetables and storing them in ready-to-grab sandwich bags on Sunday evening to save time when snack-packing throughout the week.
2. Lean protein
Protein is also a major nutrient that helps to quench your hunger and keep you fuller for longer. Think low-fat string cheese, non-fat yogurt, or a handful of almonds. Try making your own trail mix out of almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried fruit for a healthy, protein-packed snack. Want some protein and veggies? Try a vegetable dip made from a container of plain Greek yogurt mixed with a packet of Ranch dip seasoning mix to add some protein.
3. Whole grains
Whole grains are great sources of carbohydrates that can give us fuel to make it through those elongated afternoons. Opt for whole wheat bread, wholegrain granola, or even wholegrain cereals when hunger strikes. To add a serving of whole grains to your snack, pack a whole wheat tortilla with low-fat ham and cheese, top your nonfat yogurt with some whole grain granola, or toss some Cheerios into your trail mix.
Remember, a snack is just that- it should be small, around 200 calories or less, but satisfying. Choosing a healthy snack like the ones listed can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent the afternoon slump. So kick your energy drink to the curb, grab your carrot sticks, and go have a party in your cubicle!