Are snacks allowed?

For a long time, people always thought, less is more and snacking was frowned upon, often with the fear you might end up overeating. Are we are allowed to snack? 

Firstly, I’m all for a snack. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows you to spread the calories out over the day, helping to stabilize your appetite, boost your nutrient intake and regulate your glucose level… need I say more? 

Snacks offer the opportunity to tick all the above, whilst also being a craving controller. 

But, what makes a snack sensible? 

The key to a killer snack is ensuring it isn't just a hit of empty calories. Make sure it will deliver the nutrients you need. Aim for a pairing of protein and a hit of fibre. 

Here are some of my top tips for SMART SNACKING

1. Have healthy alternatives of sugar-filled snacks on hand. 

If you’re really after that sugar rush, look for natural sources. A few medjool dates can provide a delicious caramel-like treat, full of fibre and serotonin.

2. Pick up the protein. 

Protein filled snacks (think boiled eggs, Greek yoghurt, low fat cheese or a can of tuna) are all high in protein and as a result, keeps you fuller for longer. Protein takes longer to digest and breakdown, making it a great option to fill you up between meals. 

3. Think about what you've missed.

Snacks also offer the ability to fill in any extra nutrients you might have missed out on earlier in the day. Foods high in calcium or wholegrains are great for snacking. Most women fail to meet their recommended 2.5 serves of dairy a day. Look for a serve of dairy (cup of low fat milk, Greek yogurt) are great to chow down on. If you're needing the grains, wholegrain crackers, seedy bread with avocado or a low sugar muesli bar are all winners.