Healthy Snacking 101 – LEAH ITSINES

Healthy Snacking 101

What is a 'healthy snack'? When should I snack? How much should I be snacking?

These are common questions that I get all the time!

There is so much information on snacking that it can be super confusing! So with the help of my in-house dietician, I wanted to address these questions once and for all.

How much should I be snacking?

Unfortunately....there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to snacking – because everyone is different.

Every person varies in body type, height, weight, activity level and nutritional requirements, therefore the best advice I can give you is to LISTEN to your body!! Only you can really determine how much food your body needs.

I personally eat three main meals and two snacks every day, as this suits my body and lifestyle, and therefore, it’s how I structured my BARE Guide.

However, if you don’t want to snack at all – or want to snack more – this is perfectly okay too. I suggest you do whatever suits your lifestyle, hunger needs and personal goals.

If you are moderately active, I would suggest eating as the BARE Guide suggests with three main meals and two snacks a day to fuel and replenish your body pre- or post- workout.

If you aren’t as active, you may still find it helpful to have a snack between meals, as this can help you to better control hunger levels and prevent you from overeating at meal times.

At the end of the days, it really is all about listening to your body and doing what's right for you - and the same goes for WHEN you should be snacking.

When should I be snacking?

Generally, I suggest enjoying your snacks in between your meals. So for instance, if you have your breakfast at 8am then ideally you would have your snack around 10am and then lunch around 12pm. 

However, as always, your body and hunger pains are always the best indicator of when you should be snacking.

What is a healthy snack?

When deciding on a healthy snack, I recommend including some form of low-GI carbohydrate and a lean protein plus veggies. Additionally, you could also include some dairy or fruit. 

The most important thing is to keep your snacks varied through out the day so you can be sure you're covering all the food groups needed for a balanced diet.

I've designed every snack in the BARE Guide to be healthy and ensure you're getting all the macronutrients you needs through out the day. 

From banana bread and date cookies to mini pizzas and grazing platters, you can enjoy a variety of delicious and healthy snacks. 

 

I hope this helps answer your questions! If you do have any other questions please send them through to info@leahitsines.com.au.

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Leah xx

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