Are you getting the most of your mid-day snacks?
Snack smart! Snacks can be an important part of a healthy diet, especially if you plan them wisely. A great snack combines fiber-rich carbs for sustained energy and protein to keep you satisfied. Including a balanced, portioned controlled snack in between meals helps stabilize blood sugar, preventing that “hangry” feeling that can lead to overeating or poor food choices later on. Plan your snacks ahead of time to ensure you have something healthy on hand when the mid-afternoon munchies set in. Instead of hitting the vending machine, try one of these carb-protein combos between lunch and dinner or anytime you’re schedule has you going more than five hours without a meal:
- Apple + almond butter
- Banana + peanut or almond butter
- Baby carrots + hummus
- Berries + Greek yogurt
- Cantaloupe + cottage cheese
- A bar made with ingredients you recognize (nuts and fruit) Kashi or Kind
- Grapes + hard-boiled egg
- Whole wheat crackers + string cheese
- Whole wheat pita + turkey slices
- A handful of nuts
Find time for fitness. You probably already know that exercise rewards us with many mental and physical benefits including: boosted mood, improved cognitive function, and decreased risk for a number of chronic and age-related diseases.
The best form of exercise is the one you enjoy and will do consistently. Whether that’s jogging, Zumba, yoga, or hiking, plan to be active at least 150 minutes a week (moderate intensity) or 75 minutes a week (high intensity).
Set yourself up for success by penciling in exercise just like you would any appointment, and be realistic about where it fits into your life. Choose a gym or exercise studio that’s near your work or home, and pack your sneakers, workout clothes, music, and any other gear you’ll need the night before. No excuses!
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Offer valid for new customers only, one-time use. Coupon code expires October 16, 2016. This post was contributed by one of our GMM Registered Dietitians, Alissa Palladino, MS, RDN, LD.