The What, Why & How of Snacking

Friday, 31 August 2018 2:58:30 pm Pacific/Auckland

A big welcome this week to Phoebe Smith, our latest contributor this week. Phoebe is a qualified nutritionist who you'll often find sharing nutrition tips online and scoping out her new favourite cafes!

To snack or not to snack?

Just like most nutrition related questions, the answer totally depends on the individual.    

In some cases, snacking can be very beneficial as it helps to keep your blood sugar levels stable, appetites in check and is a wonderful opportunity to get some extra nutrients in to the body throughout the day. However, in some other cases, people benefit from eating only three or fewer meals in a day and this better supports their hunger and energy levels. 

If you are someone who enjoys eating at regular intervals, there are three important questions you need to ask yourself; Why, what and how?

Why are you snacking?

Are you snacking because you are physically hungry or emotionally hungry? Before you reach for the snack check in with yourself, how are you feeling, and what is It that you want? You may be physically hungry and want a snack to get you through to your next meal or perhaps you are just feeling a bit stressed and a breath of fresh air away from work maybe all you need.  

What are you snacking on?

There are a lot of packaged, processed and refined snacks on the market and its important you are instead opting for a more whole, natural and unprocessed snack option to ensure you are reaping the full benefits of the snack not just filling the gap. Here is a list of some super tasty, convenient and nourishing snack ideas that you can find at your local huckleberry store.  

Quick, easy and convenient snack options that you can keep in your desk draw, glove box of your car or handbag: 

Healthy, hearty and more filling snack ideas that involve a little more prep time:  

Lastly, how are you snacking?

Are you eating on the go, in a rush and in no good manner? If you are this will leave you wanting more and feeling as though the snack barely touched the sides or may lead to you eating more than anticipated and needed. It’s important to remove yourself from the distractions and chaos of the day, slow down, and enjoy every mouthful of the snack?  This will increase feelings of satisfaction. 

So next time you pick up a snack, stop and ask yourself, are you physically hungry or emotionally hungry, if you are physically hungry, opt for a nutrient dense snack made from natural ingredients, such as a snack from the list above. Take a break, remove yourself from any distractions including your phone, TV and computer, and focus on the snack, eat it slowly and enjoy every mouthful. If you can follow these steps, you will be better supporting your bodies hunger and energy levels, and health in general. 

Blog post written by Phoebe Smith

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