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Q: How Can I Be a Better Snacker?

A: When hunger strikes, chances are you’re never far from a snack. And chances are even better that it’s not going to be something that’s good for you. A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that the widespread availability of energy—dense (high calorie) snack foods—like candy bars, soda, and chips—might contribute to the obesity epidemic by providing people with high-profile placement of these foods. So, if you take your weight and health seriously, it’s worth the effort to plan ahead for better choices.

When you get the urge

Studies have shown that snacking between meals leads to higher total calorie intake. So if you need something to tide you over until the next meal, try these tips.

  • First, make sure that you’re not just thirsty. Keep a reusable water bottle with you and take a drink, then wait 10 minutes before you reach for a snack.
  • Buy fruit that’s in season, or dried if transporting it is an issue.
  • Use small bags to carry reasonable portions of high-protein snacks, such as edamame (soy beans) or nuts. Keep a container handy in the fridge with cut up veggies. Carrots, green beans, cauliflower, and broccoli make easy take-along low-calorie snacks.
  • Look for a good energy bar to keep on hand, checking the label to make sure it’s low in sugar and saturated fats, high in protein and complex carbs, and emphasizes unsaturated oils.
  • When you really have a hankering for something fatty, reach for a handful of raw almonds. The fats found in nuts are super satisfying and they don’t lead to the kind of weight gain seen with fried foods.

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