Healthy Snacking 101
Are you the Average American?
According to the USDA the average American eats at least 2 snacks daily. This accounts for nearly a quarter of daily calorie intake.
The average daily caloric intake for adults ranges between 1,500 – 2,000 calories.
If snacking makes up a quarter of this, snacks alone are responsible for approximately 500 calories.
Because snacking contributes to a large portion of caloric intake, it is important to choose healthy, nutritious items to ensure adequate if not optimal nutrient intake.
CNN’s Health.com reports the average American is overeating by about one-third of the daily caloric need. Lead author of the study, Barry Popkin, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill expresses concern over the frequency of eating. The study attributes the rise in caloric intake to the rising number of snacks and meals being consumed.
I want to show you how to snack healthy, Please join me for my webinar Healthy Snacking 101, on Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 am MST.
Many snack items contain hidden fats and sugars leading to increased calories. However, there can be many benefits to healthy snacking.
During my webinar you will learn what makes a healthy snack, how to make a variety of low calorie nutrient dense snacks, and the added benefits of smart snacking.
Healthy Snacking Benefits
There are a number of benefits to healthy snacking including increased nutrient intake, sustaining energy levels, recovery from exercise, and weight maintenance.
A healthy snack should include nutrient-dense foods, those which are packed with vitamins and minerals, whole grains, protein and low in sugar, fat, and salt.
For maintaining a healthy weight, snacks should be 200 calories or less.
Serving size and snack frequency are also important. The average diet requires 1,500- 2,000 calories per day. Make sure to include snacks in your daily calorie intake.
Fruits and vegetables are great for snacking because they are naturally low in fat, contain numerous vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruits and vegetables are also easy to grab on the go. For something a little more substantial, include some whole grain crackers or toast. Healthy proteins include nuts, nut butters, oats, yogurt, and boiled eggs.
Dr. Lauren Pihlgren
Here Are A Few Healthy Snacks That We Will Share!
-Healthy Toast Toppers
-Black Bean Hummus & Veggies
-D.I.Y. Trail Mix
-Chili & Lime Spiced Mango Spears
-English Muffin Pizzas
-NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES
-DIY Bistro Box
Snacking is more fun with a friend! Invite those you care about to join in the fun Healthy Snacking 101.
Can’t Wait To Share With You On Thursday, November 5th At 11:00 am MST!