Ask a Nutritionist
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Americans snack more than ever, and based on a 2014 Nielsen report, chips, chocolate and cheese are our snacking favorites. For the frequent snackers among us, these may not be the best choices to support and promote good health. Because between-meal snacking has become so prevalent (and snacks frequently replace meals), they can either make or break the quality of our diet. So, make the most of your snack choices to boost fiber, nutrient density, health-promoting capacity, and performance.
With the average American consuming just 16 grams of fiber per day, there is much room for improvement. Snacks provide a worthwhile opportunity to make progress toward the recommended 25 – 30 grams each day. Snacks, in and of themselves, can easily contribute upwards of 20 grams of fiber in a day.
When embarking on a lifestyle change, such as choosing to eat healthier foods, it is empowering to know YOU have made the choice, and YOU are in control. When you make this choice, you may set goals and create plans to help you succeed. To guide you in your planning efforts, and to increase your commitment, consider these foundational steps.
New research published on-line in the February edition of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports the belief that switching from refined grains to whole grains may help with weight management efforts, even as much as a daily 30 minute walk helps to manage weight.
When you’re hungry for a snack, you aren’t likely to take the time to read food labels and portion out your servings. The trick is to plan ahead before hunger strikes so you can feel confident you made a healthy choice. Here are a few tips to help you plan.
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