Snacking: Friend or Foe?

Snacking can go either way:

IMG_3373.jpg

A. It can be an opportunity to add more nourishment to your diet and to bolster your health and fitness goals, or

B. It can be a great way to really screw the pooch and negate all the healthful habits you've been practicing. 

Ironically, some of the worst "B" snacking happens when we try not to snack at all: White knuckling it for several hours between meals can lead to raging hunger and impulsive choices. Those chips in the breakroom that were so easy to ignore yesterday call out your name today when you're stuck at work an extra hour. 

Rather than stumbling into the B category of snacks, plan for the A category, especially on days when you're especially active. Not sure what qualifies as an A snack?

A truly healthful diet is about half produce (heavier on the veg vs fruit), a quarter protein (whole protein, not protein powder or bars) and a quarter whole grains.

Now consider your diet: How close do you come to these ratios? Look at the areas where you have the biggest need, and pack snacks to close that gap. 

Need support in planning more A snacks? Let's talk.