busy day, a healthy snack can calm hunger, provide energy and
reduce the chances you’ll eat less nutritious foods. But,
before reaching for the next snack, ask yourself an important
really need a snack?
can even think of the acronym HALT," says Angie Murad, a
dietitian for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. "So
am I truly hungry? Am I angry, lonely or tired?"
says if your answer doesn’t start with "H," skip
the snack. She suggests taking a short walk or calling a
some type of alternate activity to get you out of that pattern
of impulse eating," she adds.
truly are hungry, reach first for fruits and vegetables.
are high in fiber," explains Murad. "So they can
help you feel satisfied for longer periods of time."
says the same is true of snacks that contain protein — like
a hard-boiled egg, low-fat cheeses or hummus.
are also a good healthy snack," she adds.
Murad cautions, nuts are higher in calories — an important
consideration in snacks.
you’re not very active, then you want to consider a snack
that’s 200 calories or lower," explains Murad.
100 to 200 calories if you’re not moving around a lot. Even
if you’re more active, try to keep snacks to less than 300