We all have snacks but end up with different habits of snacking and how we choose the snacks we eat. Most people do take snacks between one meal and another for reasons such as adding nutrients to the body or when we are hungry Too much feeding on snacks can result to gaining weight within a short period. Snacks should be taken in small quantities just to get you to the next meal.
Healthy snacks should be characterized by having a little balance of proteins and fats, crackers, some fats, high fiber bread, nuts or fresh vegetables and fruits and some carbohydrates. A lot of consumption of snacks will lead to too much calories for the body. Snacks can be of great advantage to our bodies when taken in the right way, some of the considerations to be put in mind will be discussed so as to improve our munching habits and health in general.
We should at first consider the nutrients our bodies may need and can be obtained in the snacks. Snacks can be used to complement the meals we eat in ensuring that all the nutrients our body requires are taken in by feeding on the appropriate snacks to boost the nutrient levels in the body. Most of the choices in taking snacks should be in the basis of considering the nutrients that are commonly not found in meals. Good snacks should consist of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, seeds and nuts.
Healthy snacks should also have enough amounts of sugar. This is a vital consideration for people with diabetics as well as those without since they help to keep their body sugar levels consistent.
Effects of eating a lot of snacks can be obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Over eating of snacks should be avoided as much as possible and should be done between meals. Nuts are recommended since they easily make one less hungry for a long time as well as fruits such as avocado. Take your snacks about one hour before your next meal which may be either lunch or dinner.
Nutrition uptake of the body is higher when you are hungry thus it is the best time to feed on our snacks to ensure a lot of nutrients are taken in the body. The cause of feeding on snacks should not be a result of low mood. Taking snacks when emotionally low can lead to overeating and gaining weight as a result and when done on a continuous trend it can lead to obesity. One should take about 100 calories of snack at one instance which is enough for the bodies nutrients, when the snack is taken in place of a meal such as lunch an average of 250 calories is good enough to keep one health and strong.