You tend to think of snacking between meals as a cause of weight gain. But that isn't necessarily the case.
People just often choose the wrong thing, particularly when easting out of boredom, however snacks are an important part of a healthy diet, keeping hunger at bay throughout the day. The key to successful snacking - whether you're at home, at work or on the go is to plan your snacks ahead so they are part of your daily diet.
Allowing yourself to get overly hungry can actually mean that you eat more when you eventually do eat and grabbing a snack on the go can be dangerous for the weight too as service station offerings are often laden with calories.
Here are my tips to make your own snack strategy...
1. Choose a day when you know you are going to be busy.
2. Schedule your snacks and meals. As a general rule of thumb you should be eating every four hours.
3. Either choose to eat healthy low calorie snacks such as boiled eggs, a healthy dip such as hummus or cottage cheese and veg such as celery, carrots, pepper and cucumber or use your calories in your snacks and have healthy low calorie main meals. Either way is fine.
4. Consider where you will be. Will there be a fridge or freezer where you can store your snacks? If so, try frozen grapes or pineapple slices or scatter nuts and seeds over fat free plain yoghurt. If you're on the go and out and about take half a bagel or some rice cakes with peanut butter. Plain popcorn or malt loaf are other good alternatives.