While in a run to get fit and slim, we start focusing on dieting for which we sometimes try cutting out on our snacks as well thinking that this will further help in losing weight. But according to different studies and researchers, having healthy snacks between meals is actually an opportunity to charge your body between meals. An average person accumulates about 23 percent of daily calories from snacks although that depends on when and what are you eating that determines if it’s good or bad.
While snacks are an important part of our daily meal, there are 2 types of snackers that we usually see.
First are those that eat by choice, meaning they eat when they are hungry. The snacks are healthy and highly nutritious. They could be a good source of vitamins and proteins. Some of the healthy snacks could be Greek yogurt with raspberries and honey, Grapes and walnuts, frozen desserts, Oatmeal and blueberries and one of my favorite banana with peanut butter.
The second are the ones that eat out of habit or just to pass time, likely while watching TV or while sitting idle in the office or simple craving to just keep munching. These kinds of snacks are generally high in fats, oily, spicy and highly salted. These are poor in nutrition and could be a major reason for gaining weight. These kinds of snacks should be avoided.
Eatables like nuts, fruits, whole grains, seeds, milk and milk products should be included in snacks and consumed at regular intervals to keep your body energetic and moving.
Researchers suggest to combine some quality carbohydrates with a little protein and fat for staying charged and to include more nutrition in your day; as suggested even earlier, few of the great combination could be like an apple and a small handful of nuts, Greek yogurt, and berries, raw veggies and hummus. You can try searching for some quick recipes for these healthy snacks.
Sharing a very quick one with you. It is called as Peanut butter and banana ice-cream. All you have to do is take 2 medium bananas, peeled, halved and frozen and ¼ cup natural peanut butter. Put them in blender and process until smooth. Garnish them with almonds, grated coconut, Choco chips or any other product of your choice and can serve them immediately.
You can also keep such snacks handy while in office on your desk or have them in your bag to keep yourself away from getting thoughts of unhealthy and tempting snacks and help you prevent from overeating while having your next meal as you would already be contented and not damn hungry.
What type of snacker are you? Do you think your snacks need an improvement? Or are they healthy enough to keep you charged and fresh throughout the day? Let us know in the comment section below. If you have any other new innovative ideas of healthy snacks, you can share them as well! If you have not yet started having nutritious meal and snacks, start today. Initiate by taking smaller steps and believe you’ll definitely see the visible changes in yourself.