Unlock the Potential to Fuel with These Healthy Snacking Tips

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March is Nutrition Month! All month we’ll be sharing weekly blog posts to showcase the many ways dietitians can help you Unlock the Potential of Food. According to Dietitians of Canada, almost 50% of Canadians skip meals and 30% say they snack to stay fuelled during a busy day. Like a car, our bodies need fuel to function, but not all fuels are created equal. Dietitians can empower Canadians with the knowledge to choose healthier snacks. This week, we’re sharing 3 healthy snacking tips to help you unlock food’s Potential to Fuel.

Plan Ahead

Preparing healthy snacks in advance ensures that you’re ready when the hunger pangs hit. Pre-packaged snacks sometimes contain a lot of sugar, salt, and saturated fat that can leave you feeling sluggish. For healthier options in the grocery store, look for at least 2-4 g of fibre and 8-10 g of protein on food labels. A Greek yogurt cup with an apple is a great choice! For homemade options, try some of these delicious recipes:

Be Mindful of Portions

A snack should be 150-200 calories in a portion that could fit in your hand. Eating pre-packaged snacks (which tend to be higher in calories) straight from the bag or box can easily lead to overconsumption. To avoid this, serve your snack on a plate and try to eat mindfully. Enjoy the taste of your food and notice when you’re hungry and full.

Spice Up Your Veggies

Canada’s Food Guide now recommends filling half your plate with vegetables to up your intake. If getting enough veggies is a challenge for you, snacking is a great way to incorporate more servings into your day. Pair your favourite veggies with a tasty homemade dip like one of these recipes below: 

Great pairings for these dips include raw broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and carrots!

For expert advice on healthy snacking from a dietitian, make an appointment with Bridge Nutrition Services today! Stay tuned for next week’s post on the Potential to Discover.

Ryan Stallard