Are you a snacker?
Snacks can be a great opportunity to fill in nutritional gaps throughout our day.
The key to building a good snack is ensuring that it is tasty and satisfying.
Here are three nutrients to include:
1. Fiber Content
Choose snacks with > 3g of fiber or more per serving.
Including fiber, a non-digestible carbohydrate is essential to maintaining a healthy weight, regular bowel movements, and blood sugar regulation.
2. A source of protein or fat
Snacks with protein or fat up the satiation factor. Protein and fats are the most filling macronutrients. Our bodies take longer to break down and digest protein due to its thermic effect of food, meaning it provides lasting energy. Similar to protein, fats take longer to move through our digestive tract, also supplying durable energy.
When possible, choose fresh fruits or vegetables to go along with your snack. For a shelf-stable option, things like vegetable chips or freeze-dried fruit are nutritious options. Be mindful of the portion sizes with these as they tend to be more calorically dense.
Now that you know what to look for, here are some examples of balanced snacks!
Crackers, berries + hummus
The crackers provide carbohydrates + fiber, while the hummus provides some protein + fat
Freeze-dried berries + greek yogurt
The freeze-dried berries provide carbohydrates + fiber and the greek yogurt provides protein + fat.
Popcorn and dark chocolate.
The popcorn provides carbohydrates + fiber and dark chocolate provides fat
Celery and carrot sticks + guacamole
The celery and carrots provide carbohydrates + fiber while the guacamole provides fat + fiber
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Written by: Luciana Perasso, M.S, R.D.N, L.D.N
NextGeneration Nutrition Dietitian
Jessica Mantell M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N.
CEO & Founder of NextGeneration Nutrition
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