The goal is to think of a balanced snack like a mini meal. It should contain a mix of carbs, proteins, and fat to keep you going all day long – for bonus points adding fiber will help fill you up and slow digestion leaving you feeling fuller longer. Keep reading to learn why it’s essential to choose healthy snacks, how to choose nutritious options, and tips to remember when it comes to snack time.
Planning healthy and balanced snacks ahead of time can be a game changer when it comes to weight loss. Being mindful of your choices can ensure you keep your energy steady throughout the day and prevent any inconvenient sugar crashes. Get started today with these tips for kick-starting your daily snacks.
To create a balanced snack, you need to combine healthy fats, protein, and carbs with fiber. Here is an easy guide to help you build a healthy snack. Choose one food from each category:
|Lean Meats (Chicken and Turkey)||Veggies||Nuts & Seeds||Broccoli|
|Fish & Seafood||Fresh or Dried Fruit||Nut & Seed Butter||Cucumbers|
|Tofu & Tempeh||100% Whole Grain Bread, Crackers, Pita & Wraps||Olives||Carrots|
|Cottage Cheese||Beans & Lentils||Avocado||Bell Peppers|
|Plain Greek Yogurt||Whole Grain Rice & Quinoa||Plant Oils (Olive, Avocado, Coconut)||Green Beans|
|Milk||Oatmeal or Granola||Cheese||Cucumbers|
|Eggs||Natural Popcorn||Coconut||Snap Peas|
|Nuts & Seeds||Whole Grain Bagels & Muffins||Leafy Greens (Spinach & Kale)|
|Nut & Seed Butter||Herbs|
|Unsweetened Protein Powder||and MANY more!|
Here are a few great options utilizing the guide above. All include a combination of protein, carbs, and fat for a healthy snack option. Try one today!
|Protein||Healthy Fat||Healthy Carb||Extra Credit for Veggies|
If a snack is generally nutrient-dense and will fit into your total daily intake (meaning it doesn’t make you go over your total daily calories), then you should plan to incorporate snacks into your daily plan. Use these helpful tips for making healthier choices:
Choose less processed foods and more ‘whole’ foods (foods that look more like their natural state) like fruits and veggies.
Choose foods you enjoy helping you stick with the plan longer!
Choose some go-to options that can be quickly thrown together or can be stored at work for a last-minute snack.
• This saves time, money, and calories.
• Some options include hard-boiled eggs, veggie sticks, hummus, whole grain crackers and pretzels, and trail mix.
• Choose things like nuts and seeds that contain both fats and proteins.
• Choose whole grains instead of white, refined flours.
Healthy snacks can help bridge the gap between meals, so you aren’t finding yourself hungry all day long. They will help you maintain your energy levels and reduce overeating later in the day. Use these clever tips for more healthy snack prep ideas.
Re-thinking what types of foods we classify as snacks are important. Snacks don’t always have to leave you feeling sluggish or hungry again in a few minutes. Well-balanced snacks that incorporate carbs, proteins, and healthy fats should leave you feeling satisfied, energized, and full. A perfect balance will also help you stabilize your blood sugar. Skip the chips and plan on fueling your body with balanced snacks to keep the feared ‘hangry’ away!