Guest Blog: Eating Healthy and its Benefits: Easy Snack Substitutes by Joanna Galli
Eating Healthy and its Benefits: Easy Snack Substitutes
This article was authored by Joanna Galli, a Writer/Blogger with a background in fitness and an interest in health and wellness.
You have your 3 square meals planned for the day, but what about those snacks in between? Do you find yourself clueless when it comes to healthy snacking? Well don’t fret, because my easy snack guide will help you make better choices in no time. You will be left satisfied and looking good all year round!
There are many benefits to snacking in between meals. Many people think adding extra food to their day will widen their waist lines, but actually, that is far from the truth.
By eating five mini-meals a day–two of them being snacks–you will actually rev up your metabolism and stabilize your blood sugar. This prevents pigging-out come dinner time.
Eating meals every 3-4 hours throughout the day will keep your energy up for every day activities or a great workout. In fact, snacking can help you lose or maintain your weight.
In order to reap these great benefits, the right choice of snacks must be made. Below, I list some of the unhealthy choices you may be making now, and how a slight change can make it a healthy snack. The key is to combine protein and fiber. These snacks accommodate vegetarians as well.
If you’re looking for a crunchy, cheesy snack, don’t grab for a bag of Cheetos, try whole grain crackers with a piece of cheddar cheese instead. Calories Saved: 190
If sweet and creamy is your delight, forgo the flavored yogurt for plain Greek yogurt with berries. Calories Saved: 90
If you’re hankering for something salty, leave the Pringles and have chips like Food Should Taste Good: Multigrain which combines fiber and protein. Calories Saved: 70
Want dessert? Skip the apple pie and go for a baked apple sprinkled with cinnamon and slivered almonds or walnuts. Calories Saved: 270
Have a chocolate craving? Forgo the brownies for a piece of dark chocolate with a few walnuts. Calories Saved: 100
Is portion control your problem? You can still enjoy Oreos, but go for the 100 calorie pack. Calories Saved: 170
Always add fiber. Instead of crackers and peanut butter, have apples and peanut butter. Calories Saved: 150
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats are the best bets. Make sure to incorporate all of those in your diet. Remember, snacks are just mini-meals in between the bigger ones. Have fun with them and stay healthy!
About Joanna Galli
Joanna is a Writer/Blogger with a background in fitness and an interest in health and wellness. Her passion can be summed up in one sentence: “Health & Wellness Enthusiast who advocates the Mediterranean lifestyle through her brand, Healthy Italian.”
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