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All you need to know about snacks

Whether or not you are on a diet, it is very important to have the habit of making snacks.
| 04 April, 2020 |

According to the dictionary, when we talk about collation, do we have to refer to a university degree or a meal? The one I’m going to talk to you about today is the one related to food.

First of all, I want to make it clear that whether or not you are on a diet, it is very important to have the habit of making snacks: we are satiated, we avoid arriving very hungry at meals, and we do not get out of control when we arrive at lunch or dinner. We must all do them, from school-age children to adults.

I take workers as an example. The international organizations have a great concern for them, for the accelerated and stressed life they suffer, for the sedentary nature of their lives and the lack of physical activity. If they also smoke, performance and productivity may decline as a result of overweight and obesity.

I know that in many companies they care about the health of their employees (I have been consulted on the subject). In most cases they consult us to give their employees a certain well-being and comfort in the workplace. There are particular cases in which certain difficulties arise, but the worker must also be taught about healthy habits.

A good meal plan should include breakfast (we talked about it, remember?), lunch, snack and dinner. But you should also have two snacks, one at mid-morning and the other at mid-afternoon. They are very important, I always ask my patients to try them because spending a lot of time without eating anything is not good. In addition, doing them brings nutrients and energy to our day.

Snacks should include fruits, some yogurt (with or without cereals), gelatin, and other foods low in fat and rich in fiber. It would also be good if we took advantage of the moment to pause and disconnect for a while. Snacking is starting to have a good eating habit. As with breakfast, this is food education.

Here are some examples of healthy snacks (that you can take to school or work):

Yogurt or glass of skim milk
Fruits: apple, banana, tangerine
Vegetables: celery, carrot, tomato
Hard egg
Nuts: walnuts, almonds, peanuts

Let’s try to start slowly to create the habit of snacking. The benefits are assured. I know that putting it into practice is not an easy task: the secret is to know how to organize oneself.

Finally, let’s define unhealthy snacks: any food or the quantity of which significantly exceeds the daily calorie requirement, thus favouring the development of overweight and obesity.

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