Does it sometimes feel like you are always hungry? Do your kids come home from school/practice and start endlessly grazing from snack to snack? One solution to this never-ending hunger and snacking is to POWER UP your snacks by following this simple snack formula POWER SNACK: HOW TO TAKE YOUR SNACK TO THE NEXT LEVEL Snacking on carbohydrates, such as crackers, pretzels, chips, cereal, cookies, brownies and even fruit alone can lead to endless hunger. Our bodies are designed to burn carbs first and fast and eating them alone can lead to seemingly endless grazing. The solution is to POWER UP a snack with PROTEIN and or HEALTHY FAT. If I had a penny for every person that told me apples (carbohydrates) made them hungry I would be one rich dietitian! Don’t get me wrong, apples are super healthy but they are carbohydrates and we burn them quickly. The simple act of smearing peanut butter (protein/ fat) on the apple will keep you full longer. SNACK EQUATION CARBOHYDRATES: Cereal, whole grain crackers, bread, bagels or rice cakes, pasta, rice, fruit, veggies, muffins, pretzels, dried fruit. PROTEIN: Milk, chocolate milk, cheese, peanut butter, almond butter, nuts, seeds, meat/deli meat, all natural beef jerky, cottage cheese, humus, beans, eggs and greek yogurt CARBOHYDRATE +PROTEIN or FAT = POWER SNACK
FAT: Avocados, guacamole, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, almond butter, full fat dairy items, meat and eggs. (Many protein foods also contain fat and overlap the groups)
HEALTHY SNACKING IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS
Selecting foods from the different food groups will POWER UP the snack and keep you and your kids full longer! Research indicates that 20-25% of our daily intake comes from snack.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SNACK!
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