Top 3 Benefits of Healthy Snacking
Snacks often get a bad reputation for being diet-ruiners but the truth is that snacks are very beneficial to our health and well-being. Snacks actually have quite a few benefits, if you do them correctly. The problem most people face with snacks is that they don’t snack smart. Instead of having a snack to refuel in a healthy way, they choose sugary options that lead them to eat more calories than they should. Here are the top 3 benefits to eating healthy snacks.
1. Curbs appetite
When you choose healthy snacks for you and your children, it will help keep you from feeling too hungry before the next meal. At one time or another, everyone has experienced overindulging in lunch or dinner because they were so hungry by the time they sat down for their meal. Choose a healthy snack for you and if you’re packing snacks for children, make healthy snacks for kids too. Whole grains, vegetables and fruits mixed with nuts are satisfying and filling.
2. Balances blood sugar
Diabetics know it’s the only way to keep their blood sugar levels even, but even if you aren’t diabetic, you don’t want to make your body endure large irregularities from one extreme to the other in blood sugar levels or it could cause your body to develop an insulin resistance and could cause you to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes as well as other diseases.
3. Gives you essential nutrients
When you snack smart by choosing healthy snacks, your body functions better. Trying to concentrate when you’re hungry is never a good idea. We’re in a better mood when our bodies are functioning optimally. Choosing snacks wisely to include foods rich in the nutrients we need makes our snacking productive.
Keep in mind though that even healthy snacks shouldn’t just be gobbled down mindlessly. When you eat meals or snacks, operate by the 80/20 rule. Simply put, that means that 80% of the time, you should be eating healthfully and 20% of the time, you can indulge in a reasonable portion of something a little more indulgent. And when you’re eating, you should be mindful to eat slowly. Your brain doesn’t get the message that you are full for a good 20 minutes after you finish eating so be patient.
Snacks can easily turn into a problem when you eat them right before your meals or when you snack away because you’re bored or sad. Snacking in front of the TV can cause problems too. By being conscious about your snacking habits and eating only healthy snacks, you can really make your snack time work in your benefit.