Top 7 Healthy snacks and diet tips @ Reward me

7 Dietician's Top Snacking Tips

While dieticians define snacking as “eating something between mealtimes”, many people are “serial snackers” who cannot differentiate between healthy snacking and the inability to stop eating. The good news is that, done right, snacking is an essential part of a balanced diet, for the whole family. Take note of these seven top dieticians’ tips for Mums healthy snacking, at home, at work and even on the go.

• Plan your snacks – pack an extra snack in your lunchbox for mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
• Stock up with good snacks at work such as high-fibre, slow-digesting crackers with a jar of nut butter to handle midafternoon slumps.
• Buy one bag of fruit a week to take to the office. Share this with your colleagues and have these instead of biscuits.
• Be sensible with snack portions – put the required amount in a small cup or snack-size bag to prevent mindless munching from a large bag, bowl or directly from the box.
• Make sure you’re not thirsty during the day. Take two 750ml bottles of water with you to
work and try to finish them before returning home. It will also immediately boost energy levels and curb unnecessary snacking.
• Never get too hungry – snack before you get ravenous. Few can avoid tempting chocolate, greasy fries or biscuits when blood sugar slumps.
• Have a snack in the car on the way home from work. This will prevent you from opening the fridge door as soon as you get home.


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Snacking bad habits to avoid:

• Snacking on calorie-dense, high-fat/sugar snacks (e.g. chocolate bars and chips).
• Not balancing high-carbohydrate snack foods (e.g. pretzels, bagels or apples) with some protein and fat.
The question isn’t whether or not to snack, but whether or not you’re truly hungry between meals. There’s no “one-snack-fits-all” plan. If in doubt, consult a dietician to help you plan appropriate snacks, taking into account your medical history, weight goals, as well as your food likes and dislikes.

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