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Three Rules for Healthy Snacking.

posted Jan 15, 2014, 8:35 AM by lhartkopf@rsu20.org   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 8:35 AM ]
Snacking is the downfall of many otherwise healthy eaters. That’s why we’re keen to share these tips for healthier snacking habits. If you follow them carefully, they can help every member of the family with their good intentions.
  • Remember that you only need a little bit. Small portions are rated equally as satisfying as larger ones. So go ahead, break that dark chocolate bar into squares and stash the rest for later. One ounce a day should do the trick.
  • Choose the right snacks to help you eat less. Nuts and other high-fiber and/or high-protein snacks (think peanut butter, veggies and hummus, fresh fruit) take the edge off hunger, and they make it less likely that you’ll overeat at your next meal.
  • Get enough sleep (yes, lack of shut-eye can turn snacks into binges). A lack of sleep seems to blunt the part of the brain that reins in cravings for unhealthy snacks and junk foods. It’s not your imagination: When you’re tired, your body releases hormones that increase your appetite.
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