THE BENEFITS OF SNACKS
I often hear from clients trying to lose weight that they are avoiding snacking. While endlessly raiding your cupboard obviously isn’t the best, a protein and fiber-packed snack has many benefits. It can help balance blood sugars, boost your daily nutrient intake, give you energy, keep you full, curb cravings, and prevent overeating later in the day. One of my favorite go-to snacks is Greek yogurt with a scoop of peanut butter and berries. When I worked in the city, I used to eat this in the afternoon before my trek home. It gave me something to look forward to, and also tied me over until dinner so that I wasn’t ravenous.
There are some great packaged snacks with minimal ingredients, that are also healthy, portable, and easy to grab on your way out the door. Most of the snacks listed below can be found at major grocers, but I found all of these at Target, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.
Favorite post lunch snack: Kodiak Cake frozen waffles + creamy peanut butter + berries (Target, Whole Foods and Wegmans all have a great variety of waffles)
Favorite sweet and salty snack: Barbara’s Puffins peanut butter cereal + mixed nuts
Favorite salty snack: Garden of Eatin’ cassava grain free chips – original + guacamole
Favorite snack to have with coffee or tea: Apple cinnamon rice cake + creamy peanut butter + sliced banana w/ honey