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Healthy snacking

How many of us plan out what we are going to each for lunch and dinner each week? “I do!” but many times I forget about snacks. Snacks are just as important to plan out each week this ensures you do not make a bad food choice out of convenience.

Snacks are an important part of my daily food intake; I try to eat 3 meals a day and then 2-3 snacks. Each person is different and the amount of time between meals and snacks is based on you! I would suggest using a hunger scale where 1 is starving and 10 is overly stuffed and consuming your snack when you are at a 3-4. You don’t want to wait until you are starving because you are more likely to reach for an unhealthy snack.

When you are choosing your snack try to keep the calories between 75-200 calories. Make sure your snack has protein and carbohydrates, which help, keep you feeling full for longer. A few of my favorite high protein snacks are cottage cheese, Greek yogurt with fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.

Last make sure you are not snacking mindlessly, stop what you are doing and enjoy your food like you would when eating dinner or lunch. A lot of us snack out of habit; it’s 3:00, time to grab that candy bar! But are you actually hungry? Probably not! We work so hard to make good choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner lets not for get about making good choices for our snacks!