The lines between what’s a snack and what’s a meal have been blurred more than ever before thanks to people working from home and having constant access to their pantry. Not only in terms of portion sizes but also what’s better for your overall health. Here’s what nutritionists have to say on the matter.
- Snacks are fine - According to nutritionist Vicki Shanta Retelny,“snacks are a small bridge to the next meal” and they can “keep your blood sugar in better control and keep you from overeating.” But does this mean you’re cool to eat a few PopTarts every couple of hours? No. Dietician Amanda Frankeny says “balanced snacks include protein, fiber, and other nutrients.”
- Timing Is Everything - Getting yourself on a meal plan that includes snacks could be the best decision you make. Dietician Cynthia Sass says that after a week or so of eating at set times, “your body adjusts to the pattern, which results in becoming hungry at expected meal times.” This means fewer random cravings throughout the day and lower chances of you making up for lost time and eating a huge meal after starving yourself.