Healthy eating includes healthy snacking, but all snacks are not equal.
According to a recent survey, people who snack more than once per day have healthier eating patterns than those who snack once per day or less. The survey defined a snack as ‘food eaten between the three major meals’. Data was collected for two years.
The study found that those with the healthiest diets snack twice as often as those on a least healthy diet.
Snacks must be included in one’s diet plan, but unhealthy snacking can also contribute to an unhealthy diet.
The approved and most popular times for snack are between:
1-Breakfast and lunch
2-Lunch and supper
3-Supper and bedtime
Whether you are snacking at home, or at a fast food restaurant, the calories, the serving sizes, the number of servings and the food products eaten must be included in your dietary intake for that day.
All snacks eaten fall into one of the four food groups. When choosing a healthy snack it is wise to consider the most important foods.
If you plan on snacking away from home, pack a nutritious snack to prevent the hunger that may result in fast food snacking later. Some fast food may contain too much salt, fat or sugar which could sabotage your healthy eating at home.
If you will be away from home and will miss a major meal, pack and take a nutritious snack with you.
Stick to vegetables, fruit, whole grain crackers, yogurt, water,skim milk, nuts, peanut butter, whole grain bagel
Certain foods do not fall into the healthy snacking class and must be avoided. Here are some examples:
-Pop and chips
-Fast food,french fries and hot dogs
-Sweet deserts, cakes and doughnuts