Are snacks a good idea? It depends. If you’re snacking because there’s a long stretch of time between meals and you’re feeling hungry, then yes. If you’re snacking because you’re bored, because cupcakes showed up at the office or because it’s just what you do when you watch TV, then no.
When you’re really hungry for a snack, make it a “mini-meal”. Snacks should boost your nutrient intake with just enough calories to hold you over until your next meal. That means, for most of us, a snack that is under 200 calories with just the right amount of fiber, protein and healthy fat. Here are five satisfying, portable snacks that will curb those unhealthy food cravings and keep you fueled throughout your busy day.
- 6 ounce container of Siggi yogurt with 1/2 cup of berries
- 1 ounce of unsalted almonds with 5 ounces of low sodium V8 juice
- A Laughing Cow cheese wedge with Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Doctor Kracker Crispbread
- Madagascar Vanilla Almond Kind Bar (slightly over 200 calories but less sugar then most Kind bars)
- 6 ounces of low-fat Kefir (a delicious, yogurt-like beverage) with 1 tablespoon chia seeds (After adding chia seeds to the kefir. put in the refrigerator overnight. It becomes a creamy, pudding like consistency that is sweet and tangy.)