Snacking as part of weight management
Nothing is worse than that burning feeling of hunger in your stomach, especially when you are trying to lose weight. The good news is that snacking between meals can be of great benefit to not only stabilize your blood glucose (sugar) and energy levels, but also to prevent you from overeating at main meals. The trick is to make the right choice of snack to balance your energy intake while helping to provide that feeling of fullness. This ultimately helps excess weight come off quicker!
Chips, chocolates and sweets may be the first options that come to mind (especially as they are so convenient), but we all know we have to compromise somewhere for results. The right choice of snack would be one that provides vitamins, minerals and sufficient energy to keep you going without contributing to an excess in daily energy intake. Stock your pantry with wholegrain crackers, fresh fruits and tasty protein options to prepare quick, easy and nutritious snack combinations that still please your palate and help those kilos disappear.
Here are some great ideas to try at home:
Many people snack continuously due to boredom, stress or anger so remember to ask yourself if you are really hungry before you eat something!
Written by Lauren Pietersen, Registered Dietitian, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa.
For more heart smart nutritional advice from a registered dietitian, please contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org