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Develop The Habit Of Healthy Snacking

Snacking in itself is not a bad habit, it’s the unhealthy snacks people consume that makes it so. These unhealthy snacks include high calorie sweets, chips, fried foods, and sugary drinks, and they are often consumed for emotional reasons or out of habit and not hunger.

Susan Bowerman, Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition and Education and Training at Herbalife Nutrition, calls these unhealthy practices and food choices the “Dark Side of Snacking.”

Bowerman is a registered dietitian, a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics and Obesity and Weight Management, and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was the special guest speaker in Herbalife Nutrition Philippines’ first Virtual Tea Party this September 29, where she discussed healthy snacking and balanced nutrition.

“Choosing healthy snacks nowadays can be challenging. Food is everywhere and readily available, portion sizes are large, and some items sound healthy but are not. Many people  also consume too many liquid calories in the form of sugary beverages,” Bowerman said.

She, however, pointed out that snacking, when done correctly, can be a healthy habit as it canhelp prevent overeating at meals, can help reduce total calorie intake for the day, provides an opportunity to work in more servings of healthy foods, and helps you maintain physical and mental energy.

“To make your snacking habit healthy, make sure that your snacks are balanced with protein and healthy carbohydrates, have enough calories and protein to last until your next meal or snack and, of course, make sure they taste good,” Bowerman said. “Choose nutrient-dense foods instead of calorie-dense foods.”

Nutrient-dense foods such as lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans contain a lot of nutrition per bite, while calorie-dense foods such as fried foods, candies, sodas, and desserts have more calories per bite.

“Snack on foods that are rich in protein to help control your hunger and include good carbohydrates which contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients,” Bowerman advised.

Foods that are rich in protein include milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, low-fat cheese, lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cooked lentils or beans, and nuts or nut butter. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, meanwhile are rich in carbohydrates.

Examples of healthy snacks that are rich in protein and carbohydrates, according to Bowerman, include vanilla yogurt topped with fruit, hard-boiled egg with sliced tomato, roasted soy nuts with a piece of fruit, whole grain bread with nut butter, and a cup of vegetable soup with low-fat cheese.

“Be more mindful about your food choices, especially the foods you snack on. There are many alternatives to your chips and sugared drinks that are healthier for you and also taste great,” she concluded.

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  1. Marites Co
    October 9, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Very nice content thanks for this momsh Lhyzie 👍😍❤

  2. MA D EL
    October 9, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing momsh

  3. Erica Sosing
    October 9, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this mommy, very informative and useful. Ngayon ko Lang po nalaman Yun Dark side of snacking.😍 Minsan po tlaga Mas nag eenjoy po tayo kainin Yun unhealthy foods. Minsan Yun po ang madalas natin nacre crave. We need to be aware sa mga food na kinakain po natin Lalo na po sa panahon ngayon na kelangan natin maging healthy everyday.😊

  4. Yanpaladquisol
    October 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Challenging talaga ang pag snacks Ng healthy foods.mas available Kasi Yung mga unhealthy foods tulad Ng mga junk foods, may mga ready to eat na madali e prepare…
    Kaya dapat may disiplina din pagkain, kumain Ng healthy foods at iwas-iwas sa junk foods. Para healthy Tayo ❤️

  5. Myrna Prens
    October 9, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Tama mo eat more nutrient -dense food than on calorie dense foods. Healthy is wealthy

  6. Anarose Lucero
    October 9, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Worth reading this content,this is my problem too,kapag stressed ako,I find comfort by eating sugary and high calorie foods,but when I’m calmed down I feel really guilty

  7. Chan Jen Clemente
    October 9, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    agree mommy! bad habit talaga natin ang unhealthy snacking. yun kasi ang readily available at nakasanayan na.. junk foods, softdrinks, powdered juices, chocolates. and ending, bad cholesterol level mataas, sugar mataas. kaya we should start eating healthy na talaga! kaya thanks for sharing this mommy!

  8. Antoniette Sanchez David
    October 9, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Need talaga natin kumain ng mga healty food upang lumakas ang pangangatawan natin salamat dito momsh

  9. Karen
    October 10, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Kailangan po natin kumain ng masustansyang pagkain para maiwasan ang mga sakit bawasan ang sobrang alat o sobrang matatamis n pagkain

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