When we hear the word snack, we often think of foods such as potato chips, chocolate bars, candies and other processed foods. Snacking doesn`t have to be unhealthy. These high calorie foods can certainly satisfy our needs temporary, but because they provide little nutrition such as protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals they can quickly leave our bellies with a feeling of emptiness and hunger and our bodies extremely fatigued.
Choosing the right snacks can be very important for our energy levels throughout the day, digestive systems and our caloric intake. When snacking, it`s always great to add a little protein. Protein allows our bodies to be satisfied and stay full longer.
Here are some delicious snacks that are nutritious, are a great source of protein and will leave you satisfied and energized for the day:
- Apple slices dipped in peanut butter – for a more healthy option use natural peanut butter
- Whole wheat crackers with low-fat hard cheese
- Hummus and veggies
- Fruit and Greek yogurt
- Half of whole wheat sandwich with low-fat meats
- Boiled egg and veggies
- Homemade trail mix made with dried berries, almonds, whole grain cheerios, etc
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador