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Have you mastered the art of snacking? Do you feel in control of the foods you choose and the amounts you eat? Or do you snack by default or merely what’s available?
Today, I will share my top three tips to snack like a dietitian (click here for dietitian vs. nutritionist vs. holistic nutritionist). The purpose of snacking is to allow you to feel full longer, make healthy choices and benefit from convenient and tasty options.
When planning snacks, it is crucial to get the timing right. The challenge with snacking is that you first need to get in touch with your body’s hunger signals (aka intuitive eating). This way you will be able to distinguish between hunger versus appetite.
As a rule of thumb, I recommend clients aim for three meals a day and choose a snack when needed. A snack is usually necessary when you moderately hungry, or around a 7.5 to 8.5 out of 10 –where 10 is ravenous or light-headed. If you come home from work STARVING, you would benefit from a power snack a couple of hours before dinner.