In the spirit of what to eat more of for good nutrition and great taste registered dietitian nutritionist and academy spokesperson Isabel Maples encourages healthy snacking on fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and low-fat dairy.
“A well-planned snack can provide an energy boost, and satisfy your midday hunger. If you haven’t eaten for three or more hours, a snack can help bring up your blood sugar level for optimal energy,” Maples said.
Snacks should be mini-meals with fewer than 150 calories. Nutrition tips include advice to snack when you’re truly hungry not when you’re bored or stressed. Which brings us to the other crucial component of a healthy lifestyle- exercise. The physical benefits go beyond a slimmer body and a healthy heart. Jennifer McDaniel, board certified sports dietitian said, “Additional advantages include stress relief, better sleep and a more positive mental outlook.”