Healthy Snacking Prevents Getting “Hangry”
We have all been there: sitting at our desks, and mid-afternoon hunger strikes! It may seem strange to add more food to your day when you’re trying to meet health goals, but some studies show healthy snacking may improve the quality of your diet!
Enjoying a healthy snack can be a great way to boost your energy, curb cravings, and prevent the hangries by keeping you feeling full throughout the day.
Often, we may be tempted to reach for a quick snack from the vending machine or convenience store. But if we give in to temptation, we’ll end up with a snack that contains added sugars and empty calories. Avoid this by preparing snacks at home for the week and carrying them with you. Or purchase simple, ready-made snacks to leave in your desk drawer. These strategies ensure you have a smart snack at your fingertips when the time comes.
Preparing snacks ahead of time also helps you adhere to the serving size of your snack item and avoid overeating. For example, if you are taking whole-grain crackers and the serving size is 14 crackers, put just that amount in a small bag or container.
Remember to read the Nutrition Facts labels of your snack items to keep track of calories and other nutrients to ensure healthy snacking is within your goals.