If you go longer than 5-6 hours between meals, your blood sugars drop significantly and your body can suffer the effects of starvation mode. This not only causes you to crave sugars, but you may also make an unhealthy choice at your next meal, or overeat because you are so hungry. Having a small snack can keep your energy levels up and your blood sugar stable.
It is important to plan your snacks as you would your meals. Portion them out, sit down and eat them slowly. Try not to graze and pick throughout the day or run to the vending machine between meetings. Have balanced snacks ready to go and planned into your meals.
Healthy snacks should include a small about of carbohydrates (about 15 grams) plus protein or healthy fats. Examples include:
- Apple with Peanut Butter
- Yogurt with Almonds
- Nuts and Dark Chocolate Chips
- Roasted Chick Peas
- Carrots and Hummus
- Wheat Crackers and Tuna
- Cottage Cheese and Fruit
- Protein Bars
What's your favorite snack?