Many people snack during the day, and a couple of between-meal pick me ups can actually improve the diet if they’re balanced. It’s just as important to get good nutrition with snacks as it is to have healthy regular meals.
A balanced snack includes protein-rich foods, good carbohydrates like whole grains, and a little fat. The protein slows down the absorption of the carbohydrates, keeping you fuller longer and helping your blood sugar to stay constant, and a small amount of fat provides lasting energy.
There are even ways to to make healthy, delicious baked goods. Try adding whole grains like rolled quinoa, ground seeds like flax or whole wheat flour to get more fiber. Small amounts of dried fruit can be added, or you can even mix mashed sweet potato, grated zucchini or bananas in for added vitamins and minerals. Applesauce can be substituted for some of the oil in a recipe, and agave syrup combines just enough sweetness with a low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar stable.
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