Are You a Mindful Holiday Snacker?

Holiday Snacking with Cheer

America is in an obesity crisis, and the numbers point to the ubiquity of high-calorie, processed snacks as one of the main causes. Consuming these foods, heavy in fat, processed sugar and carbohydrates, may not only make you fat, it may damage your health. It’s acceptable to snack between meals, even when on a diet, as long as you are mindful of the proper foods to snack on.

Bad snacks

The worst snacks are high in saturated fats and sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup) and have little other nutritional value to offer. Pre-packaged chips, candy bars, soft drinks and cookies are examples of the snacks to avoid. The calories these foods contain rapidly become fat deposits, and the chemicals they contain may be carcinogenic and are linked with a variety of other illnesses.

Better snack options

Some snack foods aren’t as bad for you as the worst snacks, yet are to be eaten as infrequently as possible. They offer some nutritional value but contain an unsatisfactory amount of fat and sugar. Frozen yogurt is a popular snack believed to be healthy, some store bought brands contain added sugar, and if you are buying from a trendy chain that offers toppings, you may be tempted to add high-calorie toppings. You’ll also want to moderate fruit juice and canned fruit in syrup (contains added sugar) and products made from refined white bread flour.

The best snack foods

Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals and extra lean meat (natural or organic jerky) make good, nutrient rich, low-fat snacking options. Whole grain breads are good but lack protein, so pair that with skim milk or a lean meat. Sushi rolls with brown rice and canned tuna makes a filling between meal snack.

Keep in mind the portions of food you eat for snacks, even if you chose the best nutritional option. Moderating the intake of food while keeping your metabolism high through exercise is the best way to maintain your health.


I'm Ready to Lose Weight!Schedule My Free Consultation
Loading Form..
A coach will contact you shortly to schedule your free consultation.

I love everything about this place. Faculty is amazing and friendly! My fiance, mom, and I have been going here since March 6th 2013 to lose weight for the wedding in April 2014. My fiance has lost over 50 lbs, my mom has lost 40 lbs and I have lost 50 lbs. I never thought I would actually have a chance to look healthy and amazing for the up-coming wedding, but Metabolic has made it possible! I highly recommend them to everyone I know!


★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 / 5 stars

Have a question? We can help! Leave us a message and we'll get back to you shortly. Leave your telephone number to have a weight loss consultant return your call. Thank you!

Loading Form..