High Energy, Diet Friendly Snack Foods


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Snacking between meals can be a healthy part of any diet program as long as it's done thoughtfully. By this we mean avoiding "mindless eating" and snacking on healthy foods packed with energy. Small snacks can help keep your metabolism up throughout the day. By having a small and steady supply of nutrients, our bodies are less likely to go into "starvation mode" and try to store excess fat.

When choosing a few snack foods for the home or office, pick those packed with protein and vitamins. Many nuts, such as almonds and pistachios, can help satisfy your cravings while giving you a much needed energy boost. Be mindful that these vary in quality and will contain different vitamins depending on how they were prepared. Nuts closer to their natural state will typically have more nutritional value than those over-cooked and covered in flavorings or sugars. Many nuts, such as cashews, can be purchased raw and are often healthier than their roasted counterparts.

Jerky is another great snack food which is high in protein. If you're concerned about excess fats or cholesterol, try a low-fat alternative such as turkey jerky. These will have the same great flavor as beef jerky but are typically lower in cholesterol, fat, and sodium. Exotic jerkys, such as alligator, ostrich, and emu can also be fun alternatives and are proven conversation starters at the office.

Why protein? Protein has been shown to keep hunger at bay longer. Also, protein-packed foods are often calorically denser and take longer to digest. High-protein foods often come with the added benefit of energetic vitamins, such as B-12.

If protein isn't your thing, fresh vegetables make delicious and nutritious snacks. Baby carrots, sweet peppers, and even celery can help you get through the day and keep you from eating empty calorie foods like chips and candy.

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