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(Posted May 2nd 2018 @ 10:15 AM by: Peggy Readout)
Choosing healthy foods is as important at snack time as it is at mealtime. Healthy snacks can add fiber and nutrients to your diet without unwanted calories. They can give you an energy boost during the day and prevent you from overeating at meals.
To avoid gaining weight from snacking, keep your food portions small and try to space your meals and snacks three to four hours apart. Also, keep your snack under 250 calories. Food labels can help you determine the number of calories in packaged foods by portion size. Many snacks are coming in single serving portions now, which is helpful. But you still want to be careful about what kinds of food you choose to snack on!
Sugary and fattening sweets like cookies and candy lack nutrients, and many salty foods like chips can dehydrate you. These foods should be eaten in limited moderation.
For healthy and filling snacks, try these:
So forget the bag of chips or candy bar and reach for an apple, pear, or handful of nuts and raisins. You’ll get extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals, all for about 50 calories. With proper portions and healthy food choices, snacking can enhance, rather than hurt your diet. Think of a snack as a ‘mini meal’ that will help you have a healthy diet, rather than as an opportunity to consume treats.