How to Snack Smarter

There are times when everybody needs a snack between meals, but making smarter choices will protect your health.

Chew Food Thoroughly

Make sure you enjoy your food and chew it thoroughly. A study found that people who chewed almonds more thoroughly felt full for longer, and almonds are great for teeth.

Combine Protein and Carbohydrates

Mixing protein-rich foods with carbohydrates or choosing foods that have a natural mix of carbs and proteins such as roasted chickpeas can help prevent weight gain. These foods provide your body with energy and keep you full for longer because they are broken down more slowly.

Keep Frozen Grapes for a Sweet Treat

Frozen grapes make a good snack because it takes time to eat them. You’ll become more easily satisfied with just a few calories.

Snack Mindfully

When you want a snack, make sure you enjoy it without distractions. Eating in front of the TV is a surefire way to eat more than you need. Measure out an individual serving size to prevent overeating.

Use Snacking to Eat Healthily

Most of us don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables; so use your snacks to stock up on these vitamin-rich foods. Choose celery with peanut butter, or fresh fruit with yoghurt and you’ll easily get more produce in your diet.