The best snack is one that contains some protein and fiber, and that compliments the rest of your day.
Unlike a snack that is just full of carbohydrates, the protein and fiber keep you full and satisfied. They help even out blood sugar to avoid swings in appetite and energy level. It’s always smart to choose food groups that you’re missing elsewhere to balance things out. Snacks are a great time to catch up on the types of foods lacking in your meals. Complementing the rest of the day also refers to fitting in the right number of Calories, so watch your portions!
For example, if you’ve had a breakfast heavy in starch and a salad with chicken for lunch, the snack might be plain Greek yogurt with pecans. If you had a burger, fries and a milkshake for lunch, then consider hard cooked egg whites and celery. Perhaps some cottage cheese with a piece of fruit if breakfast was pancakes and bacon, and lunch was a healthy stir-fry. These are all examples of how to balance your snack with your daily diet.
– Debbie J., MS, RD
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