Snacking is an effective way to fit extra nutrients into your diet and prevent overeating at mealtimes. Here are some important reasons to always get your snack in each day!
Snacking helps you from getting overly hungry in between meals and then overeating at your next meal. So the next time you start to feel hungry a couple of hours before lunch or dinner, don’t try to wait until the meal, instead, eat a small healthy snack to tide you over. Combine a carbohydrate-rich food like whole grains, fruits or vegetables with protein foods like nuts or dairy product for the most filling snacks.
Keeps Blood Sugar Levels Steady
Healthy snacking helps keep your blood sugar levels even, especially if you eat a consistent amount of carbs at each meal or snack. This is especially helpful for diabetics, but also beneficial for people without diabetes, since large spikes and dips in blood sugar levels may make insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure more likely over time.
Brought to you by Franciscan Wellcare July 2015
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