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The art of snacking

<p>Eating healthier and staying fit can be as simple as choosing the right snacks and taking hold of those mid-after­noon cravings.</p>

Don’t resist, just do it the right way






"It’s not supposed to fill you up ... It’s really supposed to be about making you take the edge off that hunger."






Eating healthier and staying fit can be as simple as choosing the right snacks and taking hold of those mid-after­noon cravings.





Pierrette Buklis, registered dietitian, MHSc., for General Mills Canada, says a lot of times people are thinking “I’m hungry, I’m going to grab something,” and they don’t put any thought into what it is they’re consuming.





“Snacking is becoming such a way of life for us that we really have to be conscious of how those choices play with the rest of our meal selections,” says Buklis.





Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, comes with choosing the right snack. Buklis suggests keeping in mind the snack itself should be well planned out so it completes the things you need throughout the day, and it shouldn’t be too big.





“The portion size is really important and people have to think about what they’re eating. It’s not supposed to fill you up and cause you not to be hungry anymore,” she says. “It’s really supposed to be about making you take the edge off that hunger so that you can get to your next meal without over-indulging.”





A snack should land somewhere in the neighbourhood of about 100-200 calories, something that’s easy for you to have on hand when that snack attack hits.





“Something you can keep in your office or keep in a fridge if you have one nearby, those are really the kinds of things you should be thinking about reaching for,” says Buklis. “They should be something that contributes nutritional punch.”



















what to eat?






  • What’s the ideal snack to have while at work? Registered dietitian Pierrette Buklis says it depends on the person’s preferences. You could be talking about a handful of almonds, a prepackaged high-fibre granola bar like Nature Valley’s Fibre Source, or a cup of yogurt with some fruit.



 
 
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