Diet Guidelines for Healthy Snacking

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Tips for Choosing Healthy Snacks

Food modifications and healthy snacking essentials have to be understood to be able to practice healthy snacking. Here are some tips to healthy snacking.

Bullet Prepare yourself mentally and set a healthy eating pattern for yourself.

Bullet Plan the snack menu.

Bullet Make the snacks easily available for yourself. For example, store them in a container and keep it in your office cupboards or drawers.

Bullet Make the healthy options easily available at home and keep the unhealthy ones out of the kitchen.

Bullet Plan the items you would want to stock in your kitchen. Choose whole grain cereals, wheat breads, sprouts, fresh salad vegetables, and fruits so that you have only healthy snack options to opt for.

► Snacking when you are traveling:

Bullet Eat a healthy snack or a fruit just before you go out.

Bullet Carry healthy options like nuts, soya milk tetra pack, and home baked chips.

Bullet Choose beverages, soups, or a light snack when you need to buy snacks while outdoors.

Bullet Do not pick up fried food or bakery products.

Bullet Prefer to select steamed snacks over fried snacks.

Bullet If eating out take control of the portion size. Do not overeat just because the serving size is large. Either order something which is small and light or share it with someone.

► Ideas for healthy snacking:

Bullet Snacks could be made tasty by using dressings, low calorie toppings, or salsa. Instead of butter use homemade dressings, dips, and chutneys to make sandwiches.

Bullet Multi grain homemade baked discs or chips could be eaten with some exciting dips.

Bullet Prepare baked snacks or steamed hot snacks which are fiber and nutrient rich (using millets like jowar, bajra, ragi, sesame, whole wheat, oats).

Bullet For desserts and sweets, consider replacing the sugar with a sugar substitute.

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ennairam_23 Friday, February 4, 2011

Our normal physiology dictates us to consume food every 3-4 hours because that is how long the food [or chyme when it is already digested] stays in the stomach. The society's notion that we should eat 3 big meals is wrong. Snacking allows our body to be on the right track physiologically.

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