If you are trying to lose weight then what you choose to eat when you feel peckish between meals can have a big impact on your weight.
Below you will find a few guidelines to ensure you make the healthier choice when it comes to choosing your snacks.
#1: Make Sure It Is Full Of Protein
Protein is an essential nutrient that you should add to all of your snacks.
Not only is it needed for your body to repair damaged muscle fibres after exercise, but as it is slow to digest can help keep your cravings at bay until your next main meal.
Protein is hard to digest too, so will cause your metabolism to increase.
#2: Don’t Forget The Fibre Too
As well as your protein intake, fibre is vital too.
It is also filling, which makes it ideal for snack foods, while also being essential for good digestive health.
#3: Add Water
Chances are you are not drinking enough water, but you really should try to consume at least 8 glasses of water daily.
Your snack food choices can also be a good source of water, for example fresh fruit, so opt for these when you are hungry between meals.
Sometimes your body will mistake thirst for hunger, so if you are hydrated you will know that when you do feel peckish it is not your mind playing tricks on you.
#4: Watch Those Extra’s
There are certain things you need to avoid when it comes to healthy snacks.
Of course, crisps and chocolate are no-go’s, but there are also certain additives and preservatives that are best avoided too:
- Hydrogenated / partially hydrogenated oil (trans-fats)
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- HVP (hydrolysed vegetable protein)
- BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- Acesulfame Potassium (acesulfame K)
- Potassium Bromate
- Sodium Nitrate/Nitrite
- Propyl Gallate
- Sodium Benzoate
- Artificial Colours
Always check any labels before you buy. You will be surprised at what certain foods actually contain, even in those that claim to be healthy.
Healthy Snack Food Examples
Below is a small list of potential snacks you can eat when you are feeling peckish:
- Any fresh fruit
- Nutty trail mix
- Hard-boiled egg
- Homemade air popped popcorn
- Veggie sticks
- Granola and yoghurt
One final thought, just because a snack contains healthy ingredients does not mean that it is free of calories.
Even healthy food contains calories, so try to limit your snacking if possible. It may not always be possible, but sometimes people will snack for other reasons besides hunger. For example boredom, or when they are feeling emotional.
If you want to lose weight then make sure you are only snacking for the right reasons.