There are so many common misconceptions about snacking that we thought we’d take some time to debunk some of the biggest myths in our industry.
Most people concerned about their weight might believe that snacking between meals is a bad idea. Healthy snacking, however, can be an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Choosing a snack of around 100 calories filled with vitamins, proteins, and healthy fats is a good way to maintain consistent energy levels and resist overeating during mealtimes. Studies have also shown that small snacks in the afternoon can increase both concentration and performance.
Listen to your body and if you’re hungry after dinner have a bedtime snack. Instead of unhealthy snacks though, reach instead for small, balanced bites. Try some dried fruit or a handful of almonds. If you’re always hungry late at night, consider keeping a food diary to see where you might be missing some nutrition throughout the day.
Be careful with snacks that are labeled low-fat. Often times, “low-fat” snacks have added sugar or artificial ingredients to keep the taste the same without fat. Fat can actually play an important role in your diet so try to enjoy it from plant-based sources like nuts.
Snacking before a workout can actually give you more energy, but it’s important that you choose the right snack. Simple carbs like fruit can help boost your performance. Consider portable options like dried mango or dates.
Carbohydrates found in foods have really gotten a bad rap over the past several years. The truth is your body uses carbs to create energy. Good carbs are generally found in foods that are high in fiber. Fruits are a great example because they contain natural sugars and vitamins, plus they’re an excellent source of fiber. Bad carbs though can lead to obesity and high blood pressure so be careful about your choices.
While nuts do contain a relatively high number of calories, they play an important role in a healthy diet. Nuts contain high amounts of protein and monounsaturated fats that are good for heart health, especially raw or dry roasted nuts.