Is snacking a bad habit?
Not at all!
“Nobody could lead a nation without providing snacks.” ~ says Toba Beta, the Indonesian writer. Providing healthy snacks will lead to a strong and healthy nation!
We are regularly encouraged to snack as part of our healthy diet, as long as we eat mindfully . The key to healthy snacking is being conscious of when, what and how we snack. Paying attention to all these will put us on the path to a healthy lifestyle. A well-timed snack can take care of our hunger pangs and necessitate energy boost between meals. With the simple but powerful act of snacking, we can reverse our lifestyle any time! How hard is it? You should take time for the smaller bites and enjoy them regularly before your longer meals. Here are five of the best timing to improve nutrition and encourage smart snacking habits:
1.We are generally advised to take small courses in between our main meals , probably once in every four hours. If we delay in feeding our tummy for more than four hours, the body metabolism gets affected and blood sugar level drops! Not to forget that if one waits too long to eat, he/she will be end up overeating! Hence, it is always a good practice to make sure to have healthy snacks on hand.
2.According to a study, skipping breakfast will make us extremely ravenous and we will end up eating large meals which it will result in an increase in blood sugar. Furthermore, those days when we happen to eat earlier, we tend to burn those calories sooner! Hence munching on healthy snacks during the morning hours will help steer through our hectic workdays!
3.Whenever we feel groggy during work, snacking on healthy alternatives will help to enhance our concentration and focus on work!
4.Replenishing our body with essential carbohydrates and proteins after an intense workout is a must.
5.Everytime when we are travelling out of town or hanging out with friend’s for a party , we will be forced to make bad, unhealthy food choices. Therefore, it is important to have nourishing meal before heading out! Also it is best to always carry some small, handy packs of healthy snacks in our travel bag.
Timing our snacks in this way will improve our fat loss by
- Preventing excess insulin
- Allowing the body leptin to work its magic on appetite control and metabolism
- Balancing the stress hormone cortisol.
Once we are aware of your snacking pattern, we need to make sure that we opt for healthy snacking choices. Our team of Snackexperts have some ideas to help you get started on a healthy snacking routine.
Nuts are a healthy choice by themselves, they are nature’s way of conveying us that best things come in packages. These bite-sized nuts are packed with proteins, minerals , vitamins, and heart-healthy fats. Even a handful of nuts can power up you till dinner. If you have ever wondered which nuts were the best for you, we have got your questions answered here!
Peanuts are high in folate, a mineral essential for brain development that may protect against cognitive decline.
Almonds that are relatively low in calories, have more calcium among the nuts family, making them a great evening snack for overall health.
Walnuts one of the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Cashews are the best as they are loaded with Magnesium.To improve memory and protect against age-related memory loss
Pista are the most slimming nuts, rich in the antioxidant gamma-tocopherol, which is a form of cancer-fighting vitamin E.
Blueberries, strawberries, Cranberries, blackberries are all packed with rich antioxidants and affluent amount of vitamins. These little bombs which are also rich in fibre content and have a Glycemic Index ranging low to mid-20’s. Our dry fruits mix is a treat to all the berry-lovers!
They are one of the best metabolism boosters. Chickpeas with their high protein and fiber content make an awesome snack. Have a handful of our spicy channa mix to keep you feeling satisfied and curb cravings with your evening cuppa.
Dry fruits are great on your taste buds and are also extremely beneficial to health. We need catalysts to facilitate faster energy building in our body.
For example, Dry apricots are a remarkable source of iron. A handful of apricot help in preventing anaemia, as they are a good source of Iron.
Fig aids digestion, helps to prevent constipation as it is one of the recommended source of fiber and should be included in the daily diet.
So dry fruits in general nourishes our body.
Now that you have some great and easy ideas from us, it’s time to get started on a healthy snacking lifestyle!
Hers is the Snackexperts Team wishing you Good luck and Happy snacking!