10 Golden Rules Of Snacking
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Banish the bad stuff
Hang Post-Its in the kitchen with “DON’T EAT JUNK” written on them to remind you in moments of weakness that you deserve better.
Time it right
Snack between meals—mid-morning, and mid-afternoon. Twice a day is likely all you need.
Cover all your nutrients
If your bigger meals don’t typically include enough, say, B-vitamin, get it at snack time with nuts or seeds.
Eat in a relaxed state
Keeping stress down keeps digestion happy. “You can do thisby taking just 5 deep breaths before you eat,” says Jess Dyer, Graze nutritionist.
Research shows that chewing until “no lumps remain” increases the number of calories the body burns during digestion: about 10 extra calories for a 300-calorie meal.
Use portion control
Portion sizes these days are out of control. Check the nutrition info on every snack to ensure you’re eatinga single portion.
Notice what you’re eating. Savor it. Enjoy it! When you mindlessly snack and Netflix, it’s easy to lose track of how much you’re eating.
Read Expert Advice
Smart snacking takes a village and knowledge.Find out, for example, what three foods nutritionists will never eat.
Mix it up
Have fun with your food. Discover new ingredients. Sample flavors you never had before.