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To snack or not to snack? Anyone trying to find the answer to this question will likely run into a mixed bag of reviews and opinions. For some, eating small amounts more often is a great way to boost energy and combat cravings. For others, snacking means consuming unnecessary quantities of food, and ultimately more calories.
As far as evolution goes, snacking is a fairly new phenomenon. For most of human history, constant grazing wasn’t an option. It’s only more recently that we’ve moved away from a few regular meals to a more snack-fuelled lifestyle.
Ultimately, you’ll know what works best for you and your family. But if you are snacking, how can you ensure you’re doing it in the best way possible?
No surprises there! You know what we’re getting at – the afternoon coffee and croissant to keep you going until dinner? Delicious, but unfortunately not nutritious. Ideally, a snack should be a mixture of whole foods and include the tried-and-true trifecta of fibre, protein and healthy fats. Generally, it’s best to avoid pre-packaged snacks, which means you’ll need to prepare your snacks ahead of time where you can.
Of course, this will depend on your lifestyle and what you’re eating. Try to identify where the longer gaps in your day are (for example, between lunch and dinner) and plan your snacks accordingly. For active people, snacking post exercise is a great way to maintain energy levels, as well as to wake you up from the dreaded 3pm slump (you can read more of our thoughts on this here).
Here are our ideas for some pick me up snacks that tick all the boxes – easy to make, delicious to eat and genuinely good for you.
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However you’re snacking, remember food is to be enjoyed and not fretted over! And while you’re at it, don’t forget that hydration is key (sometimes a glass of water is all you need for that crucial energy boost).
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