The munchies aren’t a bad thing, depending on what you choose to eat. Research shows that snacking on healthy foods between meals can actually make your metabolism more effective, aid weight loss, and help maintain energy levels. Nibble on these tips for smart snacking:
- Limit a snack to 100–200 calories, stopping for a bite every 3–4 hours to keep your blood sugar in check. Longer stretches can churn up the stomach rumbles and tempt you to overeat.
- Stick to low–fat options that contain both protein and good carbs to satisfy hunger. Try a tablespoon of peanut butter on a half bagel, 1/4 cup of nuts and raisins, or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese mixed with berries, peaches, or pineapple chunks.
- Keep healthy snacks nearby to avoid an urgent run to the vending machine for less nutritious options. Prepare individual baggies of whole grain cereal or crackers at the beginning of the week and carry them in your backpack, briefcase, or purse. Stow a bag of trail mix in your office drawer or glove compartment. Have bags of popcorn available in a pinch. Pack a banana to peel and enjoy on your walk.