An extra snack is usually considered a bad idea, as it can hinder your weight loss and fat loss plans. However although a snack may make you feel guilty for disrupting your weight loss plans, snacks aren’t necessarily as bad as you might think. Eating a healthy snack can help tame your hunger without ruining your appetite orÂ derailing your nutrition plan. Here are a few tips for healthy snacks that you can use at home and when eating out at fast foods and restaurants.
1. Select foods that can satisfy your stomach and supply your body with energy. Opt for snacks with 100-150 calories and that contain a health balance of protein, carbs, and fat.
2. Look for snacks that are high in fiber. Fruits and whole grain snacks are both high in fiber, which provides volume and bulk for satisfaction and carbohydrates for energy, but don’t pack a lot of calories.
3. Cheese, yogurt, milk and other dairy products are healthy sources of calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals. However, when eating a snack made from the aforementioned, choose low fat and low calorie versions.
4. Avoid sugary and highly processed snacks. These may be easy to grab and low in calories, but are mostly devoid of nutritional content and tend to spike blood sugar levels leading to a crash in energy shortly after being consumed. This is the opposite of what you want.
Last but not least, seek advice from your personal trainer to bring your nutrition in line with your workout routine.
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