Snacking- one image that conjures up in our mind as soon as we listen to this term is fried chips, chocolates, sodas, candy bars and the list of unhealthy food items are endless. But the truth of the matter is that it is not snacking which is bad for us but the junk, convenient tinned foods which we tend to associate with it. The biggest secret when thinking about healthy snacking is to think smart and only when you really feel hungry. Mentioned below are our top 5 tips for power snacking which will help you get ample nutrition with a small calorie intake.
1. Healthy snacks deserve a chance. Try and replace sugar-laden cookies, soda, candy and snack bags with fruit cups, low-fat cookies and baked chips. If your idea of a quick snack is something crunchy and salty, then try and opt for reduced fat chips, baked or reduced fat biscuits.
2. Say no to trans fats. Simply put, trans fats raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. Make sure you are buying nothing that carries ‘partial hydrogenated vegetable oils’ on its label.
3. Read the product label. Advertising banners in front of the package may lure you into believing that it is the healthiest product, but the nutritional information mentioned on the back can reveal the real hidden truth. Infact, what they claim as single serving and what you actually eat in one helping might be totally off the mark.
4. Snack only when hungry. Snacking at irregular timings only because you are tempted to eat something, is not hunger but mindless craving. Do understand that by definition, hunger means a painful sensation or a state of extreme physical weakness, which is caused by the want of food. However, craving means “to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly.”
5. Easy power snacks
- Seasonal fruits. Try healthy fruit based recipes.
- A handful of almonds and dried fruits.
- Yogurt based snacks like smoothies, yogurt with fruits, raita side dishes.
- Whole wheat toast with peanut butter, a great appetite controller.