If you Google “how to lose weight,” one of the most common pieces of advice that you’ll come across is to avoid snacking at all costs. But let’s take a step back: what they’re really saying is that MINDLESS eating will lead to packing on pounds.
At the end of the day, mindless eating and snacking are two very different things. Mindless eating often stems from boredom, stress, depression, and even habit or ritual. Snacking, when done smartly and mindfully, can actually come with a whole slew of health benefits.
So what exactly is smart snacking? Smart snacking is eating a small nutritious “meal” with the specific purpose of contributing to an aspect of your health.
Not convinced? Check out these 3 reasons why we’re huge fans of smart snacking!
- Smart snacking can prevent overeating during mealtime. Having a healthy snack, like granola or apples with almond butter, in between meals can help you maintain your blood sugar and cravings, along with keeping your hunger at a manageable level so when lunchtime or dinnertime rolls around, you aren’t so famished that you completely overeat.
- It gives you the chance to incorporate healthier foods into your diet. If you’re like me, you don’t always love stuffing your mouth with vegetables during every single meal. One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting your daily recommended serving of fruits and veggies is to plan a few snack during the day that help you totally crush that pesky food pyramid.
- Snacking in a healthy way also improves your energy levels and mental clarity. Smart snacking on a regular basis can assist in maintaining your blood sugar levels throughout the day, helping to avoid the infamous nap-inducing in-between-meal slumps.