We hear from all directions that small, frequent meals are tops and that we should even eat six times per day. On the other hand, it may be these small meals that push the calories through the roof.
What is a snack?
A snack is a small meal taken between bigger meals, aiming to curb hunger and maintain energy levels. When you eat more frequently, you will be less likely to overeat at the next meal. Snacks are also a very good way to work in your 5-a-day goal!
The perfect snack
A snack should be much smaller than a meal. Furthermore it should be low in total fat, low in saturated fat, low in refined carbohydrates, high in fibre and low in energy. A low energy snack will assist you in shedding the extra kilos.
Tips for snacking
Ensure that you have enough healthy snacks available on hand, whether you are at home, or at work. This way you can avoid chips and sweets altogether.
Prevent boredom by experimenting and changing combinations
Pack enough snacks, especially when you know you will be away from home for a few hours
Portion control is key! Even the healthiest food will be no good if you eat too much of it.
The figure below has some combinations for snacks, ALL UNDER 100 calories or 420 kJ! Don't you dare feel guilty about these!