I'm excited to highlight the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal, and bring us together. By planning nutritious meals and snacks that keep you moving all day long, food has the power to keep you feeling energized and at your best!
Having a variety of nutritious meals and snacks spread throughout the day keeps your blood sugars stable – which means no sugar highs or 4pm slumps. Incorporating healthy snacks also keeps your appetite in check and prevents overeating at meals. Read on for five tips that will make you a snacking pro in no time. Here’s to more energy to power through the the school year!
1. Have a plan.
Be ready with a few healthy snack options when hunger strikes so that you’re less tempted to reach for the junk food. Keep your fridge stocked with pre-cut fruits and vegetables, sliced cheese, and nuts for easy grab-and-go options.
2. Watch your portion sizes.
Remember that you’re looking for a snack and not a full meal. If you’re snacking on something that comes in a bigger box or bag (i.e. popcorn), make sure that you portion out a serving rather than eating right out of the bag. Enjoy your snack mindfully and watch your energy levels soar!
3. Listen to your hunger cues.
Be mindful when you are eating. Ask yourself, “am I really hungry? Or is this just a craving?” – often times, we are drawn to snacking when we are bored, tired, or stressed. Pause for a moment and check in with yourself to make sure that you are eating because you are physically hungry.
4. Watch out for distracted eating.
Snacking while in front of the TV or while studying can actually cause you to eat more because you are not paying attention. Take a 10-minute break and really enjoy your food!
5. Add in more fruits & vegetables.
Most university students don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables in a day. Snacking is a great way to squeeze in a few extra servings. Try cut-up veggies and hummus, or berries and Greek yogurt the next time you’re looking for a snack!
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Thanks to Britney Lentz for writing this article!