Everyone likes snacks, but did you know they provide your body and diet with many important
Snacks Give you Energy
It's easy to grab a cookie or muffin when our energy wanes at the office. They may
deliver a scrumptious quick fix, but as a habit, they take a big bite out of our budget and
our energy reserves. Choosing complex carbohydrates containing fiber helps to keep
our energy revved so we can make it to the gym, the Boardroom, or wherever our
energy needs us to go.
Snacks are a key way to replenish antioxidants throughout the day
Antioxidants are important vitamin-like compounds that help support our immune
system, promote a healthy heart and slow the aging process. Some antioxidants (water
–soluble antioxidants) are not stored by the body and remain in our system for only 4 to
6 hours. It's important to replenish our body with these nutrients throughout the day -
including snack time.
Snacks help you eat right!
Skipping meals causes us to lose touch with our body’s natural hunger cues. When
meal time finally arrives we tend to eat too much and choose the wrong things (because
we are so hungry). Factoring in small snacks between meals helps keep our appetite in
check, our hunger satisfied, and helps us to make healthier choices at all of our meals.
Snacks stabilize and energize blood sugar
Fueling our body with meals and snacks at regular intervals is necessary to maintain
healthy blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar not only helps us control hunger
cravings, it reduces our risk for diabetes and even helps promote fat loss. The ultimate
even blood sugar snack should include complex carbohydrates, along with a little
protein and fat.
Snacks save money
Fresh fruits and vegetables play an important part in healthy snacking. It's optimal to
plan around what's currently in season because out-of-season fruits and vegetables are
sometimes imported, expensive and often tasteless. Dried fruit provides a nutritious and
more shelf-stable option year round, which could save money on spoiled food.