Are You a S.M.A.R.T Snacker?
By Jodie Parus, RD, LD
During the time period of 2008 to 2012, there were more than 9,000 snack products launched, 9,000! We do not need 9,000 more processed and packaged snacks lining the grocery store shelves.
36 % of the US population snack while at school or work. I am a proponent of snacking. I do not believe that the words " I'm starving" should ever come out of your mouth. How do you avoid uttering those words? Be prepared and be a S.M.A.R.T snacker.
S.M.A.R.T is my acronym for:
Sensible: Be sensible not only in your choice of snack, but choose and prepare a sensible portion size of what you plan to consume.
Mindful: Be mindful when you are eating your snack. Be aware that you are eating the snack and not zoned out watching TV or using the computer. Your snack will probably only take 5 minutes to consume. Disengage from technology or other distractions and enjoy your snack.
Accessible: Have healthy snacks on hand. At home, at work, in the car, in your purse or briefcase.
Restore: Snacks can be a great addition to your daily meal plan. It is an excellent place to slip in servings of fruits and vegetables, which have restorative vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Timing: Timing is key. You don't want to have your snack 30 minutes before your next meal and then not be hungry enough to eat it. It's best to have a snack 2-3 hours before your next meal; it is a supplement, not a replacement.
Snacking between meals eliminates the 6-7 hours that often elapse before a person has their next meal. This is when they find themselves starving. If you are hungry, eat a SMART healthy snack. Avoid processed, packaged items, there are plenty of fruits and vegetables to choose from. Your snack, and the majority of the food you consume for that matter, should not have a nutrition label.
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