Getting Real About Snacking
So many people avoid snacking because they're watching calories and are afraid they're gonna 'balloon' out...but if you do it right, this is a really false notion.
Regular grazing or snacking on the RIGHT types of foods is actually a brilliant thing for your health - in fact, it leaves devouring 3 square meals a day for dead!
Snacking on wholesome foods keeps you fuller for longer and won't cause spikes in your blood sugar that can make you crash and burn and put on weight...but the trick is to choose the right snacks.
Here's my 4 Top Reasons to incorporate wholefood-based snacks into your diet:
Boost Nutrient Absorption
Eating wholefood snacks (plant-based foods that are completely unprocessed) allows you to add to your intake of essential nutrients. Fruits and vegetables add vitamins to help with your immunity, wound healing and heathy teeth and gums.
They also are packed with fibre which helps you to feel "fuller". Adding small amounts of organic cheese, yogurt or hummus will also help give you healthy muscles, skin, nails and hair. And a handful of raw nuts at snack time adds the good fats to your diet to protect your heart and brain - which is why I say, don't be afraid to "go nuts" every day!
Keep Pesky Hunger Pangs At Bay
Having a wholefood snack prevents you from becoming so hungry that you cave in and reach for the nearest piece of junk you can lay your hands on.
Because of their nutrient density, wholefoods are the kings of keeping your hunger pangs at bay in between meals, allowing you to minimise what you eat at "meal" time. Choose snacks like pieces of fruit or veggies on their own, sprinkled with a little sea salt or dipped in guacamole or hummus. Or spread some organic peanut butter on whole grain, sprouted bread to satisfy your hunger at any time.
A wholefood snack made up of complex carbohydrates, protein and good fats boosts your energy levels for longer and more consistent periods of time compared to processed and sugary snacks.
This is because processed sugar will cause your blood sugar to spike and then hit the wall, leaving you hungry and tired. Wholefoods are a stable source of energy and will help you speed through your tasks between meals. Another great choice is some organic yogurt mixed with a small amount of trail mix or Pulse.
Adding healthy snacks between meals increases focus and performance, both at school and work.
Kids are able to understand and retain information presented in the classroom at a higher rate when their bodies are fuelled consistently. Adults will find that eating a small snack in the afternoon gets them through their afternoon jobs more quickly and efficiently. Another great option is home-made popcorn.
Now go grab a wholefood snack!