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Healthy Habit: Don't Forget to Snack

Healthy Habit: Don't Forget to Snack

If eating healthier is one of your goals for 2009, I have some good news for you about snacking. Nutritionist Alexa Fishback, author of The Daily Fix, encourages folks to eat two healthy snacks a day. In fact, it is one of her 12 healthy habits. Today, she explains the science of snacking. Stay tuned for more tips, and be sure to enter our Get Fit For 2009 giveaway for a chance to win a personalized nutrition plan created by Alexa, along with many other amazing goodies.

Now, for Alexa's snacking advice:
Aim for a midmorning and a midafternoon snack every day in addition to your three regular meals. This may be the single most important tip out there. So many of us think that calorie restriction is the way to lose weight and so try to not eat in between meals. In reality, your body needs fuel consistently through the day for energy and to keep your metabolism working for you. Incorporating two healthy snacks each day, one midmorning and one midafternoon, is the key to fueling your body and staving off cravings that lead to overeating at meals or late at night and subsequent weight gain.

To see Alexa's suggestions for snacks,


Make it simple — choose two of these three snacks every day for optimal health: a single-serving yogurt (I love nonfat Greek with fruit), an ounce of nuts (I love almonds and pecans), and/or a piece of fruit or a cup of cut fruit or berries. Not only will these snack options improve your weight profile (I promise) — they will also add to your nutrient profile by giving you the fiber, calcium, and vitamins your body needs, and from whole foods, not supplements.

For more tips, check out all of Alexa’s Healthy Habits or pick up her book, The Daily Fix.


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usinda usinda 8 years
Snacking is a healthy habit. o.O I have three snacks a day. But then again, I have pretty small meals so it works for me. I don't like eating big amounts in one sitting.
helloimkaren helloimkaren 8 years
I try not to snack and it works for me, I eat whole meals when I'm supposed to. When I do, I reach for nuts or fruits or veggies.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I have a problem with snacking. I eat two snacks, midmorning and midafternoon, because that's when i'm the most hungry. But I eat meals at weird times, so that might have something to do with it. I've been eating snacks like the ones suggested [I love greek yogurt too!]...but then I'm still very hungry and I do mindlessly snack a lot, especially when I'm stressed out. So either way, I'm screwed. If I eat snacks, I'll eat too much, if I don't, I'll be hungry, but at least it might drive me to do something else and stay out of the kitchen! Cutting out snacks just may be the best thing.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't snack a lot, but when I do snack, I pick a piece of fruit or a dish of cut-up crudites to satisfy my hunger. I also love nuts, but yeah, they have a lot of calories, so I do watch my portions. gooniette--If you want a good portion-control strategy for nuts, take an empty Altoids tin and fill it with cashews...that's an ounce. Hope that helps you so you don't eat too many!
reallysparkle reallysparkle 8 years
gooniette, 1/4 cup of nuts can contain like 200 calories so watch out. I thought nuts were sooo healthy, but the calories add up quick!
gooniette gooniette 8 years
Actually, I just looked at the cashew package and an ounce is about 62 pieces (not whole cashews, but pieces of them), so maybe it's more like between 20 and 30 whole cashews? Not as bad as I thought.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Definitely. I feel like the most important thing I can do to stay on track is to eat veggies until I turn green to prevent myself from getting hungry.
gooniette gooniette 8 years
Just finished my mid-morning banana and bought some cashews this morning for my afternoon snack. I doubt I'll just eat an ounce of them though. Isn't that like 5 cashews?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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