The body needs a constant supply of healthy fuel that provides staying power. This means you need to carefully select your snacks to ensure they have protein and fiber instead of artificial sugars and simple carbohydrates. The point of snacking is to carry you over until your next meal, not satisfy a sweet tooth or a craving for something salty.
Aim For High-Protein, High-Fiber Foods
When you pick out your snacks, focus on foods that have a significant amount of fiber and protein. Protein is the foundation of human life. An ample supply of high-quality protein will help fight diseases and provide you with the energy you need to make it to lunch or dinner. Fiber is critical to heart health, digestion and weight loss.
Pistachios have the most fiber and protein of all nuts. They are also low in fat. Incorporate pistachios into your snacking habits to help you reach the recommended 25 grams of fiber per day. Grab a handful of pistachios and you'll have 3 grams of fiber.
Pears and Apples
While fruit has natural sugar that will give you a jolt of energy, certain fruits are especially rich in antioxidants. Pears are chock full of them. Apples are loaded with fiber.
Consider a cup or two of raspberries for your snack. They'll satisfy your sugar craving and provide you with a solid 8 grams of fiber.
Crackers With Avocado
Pick up some Wasa Crisp'n Light Mild Rye crackers and spread fresh avocado on them. You'll get 6 grams of fiber along with healthy monounsaturated fats. The crackers will also provide the carb crunch you've been craving.
While the market is flooded with unhealthy cereals full of sugar, there are some healthy options out there that are perfect for snacking. Pick up Barbara's Bakery Puffins cereal. You'll get 5 grams of fiber, an array of vitamins and minerals and only 90 calories from a ¾ cup serving. Eat it with skim milk or mix in some chopped walnuts.
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