We’ve become a snacking nation. What once was discouraged as a spoiler of appetites has come to be considered a healthful habit.
But not all snacks are healthy.
To help make sure yours are, here are some easy-to-follow guidelines:
- First, pay attention to the driving force behind the snack. Are you actually hungry? Or snacking as a break or reward or for stress management or comfort?
- Aim for filling foods with good sources of protein or dietary fiber. Building your snacks around protein like peanut butter or sunflower butter or a fiber source like whole grain crackers or air-popped popcorn helps the snack satisfy your hunger longer.
- Include a second food for flavor, enjoyment and nutrition. For instance, pair your peanut butter with a sliced apple or banana. Include hummus with your whole grain crackers or a small helping of unsweetened dried fruit with your popcorn.
Environmental Nutrition is written by experts on health and nutrition.