Far too many people let themselves snack on carb-laden foods that are overly processed and contain far too much sugar to be part of any good diet plan.
If you select wisely though, snacks can help manage hunger, provide extra nutrients, and help power you through your day.
Let’s look at some great snack examples. For most people, keeping your snacks around 200-300 calories will be best so that they don’t put you over your target calorie intake for the day.
A pop top can of tuna tossed over some lettuce greens and drizzled with a tablespoon of olive oil based salad dressing is a great snack to tide over hunger, boost your protein intake, and control blood sugar levels optimally.
Tuna’s nice since you can easily keep it in your desk at work, so it makes for a go-to snack any time you need it.
Even if you just eat it alone, it’s far better than anything you’d find in the vending machine.
Cheese And Whole Grain Crackers
Next, if you’re fan of cheese, pick up some reduced fat cheese, which is higher in protein and a great source of calcium and have a slice or two along with some whole grain crackers for carbs.
Choose crackers that are low in sodium and as high in fiber as possible to make this a healthy, well-balanced snack.
Protein Shake And Banana
Next, if you’re in a hurry and have all of two minutes to have your snack, a protein shake with a banana is a good route to go. The protein powder will help ensure that you meet your daily protein needs and the banana will provide you with some fast burning energy to keep you going throughout the afternoon.
If you like, add a bit of peanut butter to the banana if you have calories to spare, which will further slow-down the digestion process.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Finally, a hard-boiled egg can make for a great snack to take to work or wherever you’re going. These can be prepared and stored in the fridge for a few days at a time, so are quick and convenient option for those on the go.
Hard boiled eggs are a good source of protein and will contain some fat, so will tide hunger over very quickly.
So keep these top snacks in mind. Snacking can help your progress if you choose wisely.
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