Healthy Snacks – Do We Really Need Them?
Snacks are used for compensation especially when we miss a meal. Snacks come in various forms – desert, soup, salads and breads. They could be consumed in the middle of the morning, mid afternoon, before we sleep, or at midnight. Snacks might not be important as compared to the three major meals of the day but they have a purpose in our daily meal routine. Some people blamed snack time as the reason for their weight issues; they could be right but there are no evidences to back up their claim. Believe it or not, a healthy snack is an important part of our diet. People who suffer from diabetes and gastric ulcer need small frequent snacks to control their hunger. There is no specific time required to take a snack. When you feel the need grab a bite, you should never avoid snacks. With all the debate on healthy snacking, dietitians and nutrition specialists listed healthy foods for snacking.
Mid morning snacks
Low sugar donuts. As early as possible, we better watch our sugar levels, low sugar foods might not equal the taste of regular sweets; however, we need them. Diabetes strikes even kids as young as 7 years old. But that does not mean that we should entirely avoid sugar. You should allow yourself minimal sweets intake during mid morning; sweets are experts in ridding our appetites and could lead us to miss lunch.
Mid afternoon snacks
Pomegranate smoothie. This beverage is good for our heart, helps the blood flow of blood, and contains antioxidants that fight free radicals which could cause cancer and premature aging. 8 ounces of the smoothie daily could make a difference.
European hot chocolate. Tryptophan-containing foods like almonds, warm milk with honey, and European hot chocolate increase the serotonin levels in our body. Chocolates mix with milk could reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Chocolate must be eaten wisely since they contain high fats and calories.
Midnight snack (occasionally)
The logic behind midnight snack is that after dinner, let just say dinner was around 7 or 8 o’clock in the evening, there is long period of time that the stomach stays empty. Approximately, 6 hours that the stomach is digesting nothing could lead to stomach upset and disturbed sleep. A warm snack is appropriate to promote relaxation.
Most circumstances, people don’t believe in the importance of snacks, and they have logical reasons to present. Important or not, once that stomach feels hunger we must do proper action; a small and healthy snack surely would not hurt.