Snacks are a way of life in most houses. All ages from preschool to teenagers to adults will need some nourishment between meals from time to time. Snacks can help you feel more in control and have a steady source of energy between full meals. Here are some quick tips for smart snacking in your family:
•Have a set area for snacking - This helps to be aware of how much you’re eating and focus on the food, instead of being distracted by something else and eating while zoned out.
•Snacks aren’t meals - Healthy snacks should be between 200-300 calories to be satisfying, but not too large.
•Eat off a plate or bowl - Avoid sitting down with an entire box/bag of something since it can be hard to tell how much you’ve had. Instead portion your snack out on a plate and then go for it.
•Pick protein and fiber - Snacks with protein and fiber will help satisfy you more and keep you feeling full longer, among other benefits.
•Be ready - Having healthy and portioned snacks ready to go will keep you from rage-eating a barrage of different foods that may not have been great choices.
•High/Low Combo - Combine a small amount of something that’s high in healthy fats such as peanut butter or avocado, with a larger amount of something light such as carrots or celery.