Question:

I’m a snacker, consistently snacking throughout the day. What are some snacks that would help boost my energy and that are actually good for me?

– Anjelica V.

Answer:

Snacking and grazing are suitable ways to consume your daily intake, providing the choices are good ones and you compensate with smaller meals. I’d suggest snacks in the 100-200 calorie range based on whole foods, with an occasional small energy/protein bar as backup. Good energy-boosting snack choices are:

  • hummus, whole wheat pita bread, carrots
  • hard cooked egg topped chopped salad in a jar
  • tuna, whole grain crackers, celery
  • a cup of hearty soup (less than 10 g fat, at least 5 g protein)
  • edamame
  • high fiber cereal, milk, kiwi
  • plain Greek yogurt, berries, coconut flakes
  • chia seed pudding, hazelnuts, dark chocolate shavings
  • pizza roll: string cheese, wheat tortilla, spoonful marinara
  • cinnamon popcorn, dried apples, and pecans
  • crisp pear and peanut butter
  • banana and almond butter
  • watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese & mint skewers
  • energy/protein bar (at least 8 g protein, total sugar less than half total carbohydrate)

Leftovers of any balanced meal can serve as a good snack, too! Remember to keep portions in check and keep your total day’s intake in mind for variety and nutrient adequacy.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

Some questions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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