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Smart Snacking


Are you one of those people who keep fishing in your pockets to eat something or the other throughout the day? It’s time to stop and choose nutritive between meal snacks for a change. But snacking smart doesn’t always mean controlling calories. You have to keep munching snacks which keep you full, give you the required energy to keep going and provide you high nutritionas well. This might sound like a challenge, but if you know what to choose, you’ll be snacking ‘healthy’ in no time.


FIBER FILLED SNACKS

When your stomach starts to grumble mid-afternoon, then grabbing a snack full of fibre might satisfy the hunger pang. You can consider a few of the following snacks –


  • Microwavable popcorn which are low on saturated fats
  • Sliced vegetables in plain yoghurt
  • Fresh fruits or a cup of berries
  • Instant oatmeal

FAT FILLED SNACKS

As soon as you hear ‘fatty’ doesn’t mean it’s automatically off limits. Fat is an important part of nutrition and it must account for 20-30 percent of your daily calorie intake. That being said, you need to make sure that the fat you are including in your diet is the right kind of fat. For example, fat that comes from plants like Olives and Avocados contains mono and poly-saturated fats which are ‘healthy’ fats. All you have to do is keep an eye on the portion size as fat might just add up a little too fast. Try considering the following snacks –


  • Nut butters like peanut butter layered on whole-wheat crackers or apple slices
  • Olives
  • Nuts along with dry fruits

PROTEIN FILLED SNACKS

Eating a protein filled meal keeps you full till your next meal as more time is taken by your body for protein assimilation. Following are some protein rich quick snacks which you might enjoy –


  • Boiled eggs
  • Berries and oats with yoghurt
  • A yoghurt smoothie (Lassi)
  • A glass of milk and banana
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