«

»

Nov 29

Tip of the Month – November

Share This Post!

Coach Monika says…

 

Here are Tips from the Harvard Medical School “7 ways to snack smarter”

 

  1. Go for the grain. Whole-grain snacks can provide some energy with staying power. Try some whole-grain low-salt pretzels or tortilla chips, or a serving of high-fiber cereals.
  2. Bring back breakfast. Many breakfast foods can be repurposed as a nutritious snack later in the day. How about a slice of whole-grain toast topped with low-sugar jam? Low-sugar granola also makes a quick snack.
  3. Try a “high-low” combination. Combine a small amount of something with healthy fat, like peanut butter, with a larger amount of something very light, like apple slices or celery sticks.
  4. Go nuts. Unsalted nuts and seeds make great snacks. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, filberts, and other nuts and seeds contain many beneficial nutrients and are more likely to leave you feeling full (unlike chips or pretzels). Nuts have lots of calories, though, so keep portion sizes small.
  5. The combo snack. Try to have more than just one macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate) at each snacking session. For example, have a few nuts (protein and fat) and some grapes (carbohydrates). Try some whole-grain crackers (carbohydrate) with some low-fat cheese (protein and fat). These balanced snacks tend to keep the feeling of being satisfied.
  6. Snack mindfully. Avoid eating your snack while doing something else — like surfing the Internet, watching TV, or working at your desk. Instead, stop what you’re doing for a few minutes, and your snack like you would a small meal.
  7. Take it along. Think ahead and carry a small bag of healthful snacks in the backpack, pocket, or bag so you won’t turn in desperation to the cookies at some fast food counter or candy bars in vending machines.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>