Snacks are small portions of food typically eaten to stave off hunger, and not as a complete meal. They are generally eaten outside of traditional meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are often consumed between meals.
Do you often think that when you are eating healthy that you should not snack? If you do it is probably because most people have the mindset that snacks are generally unhealthy. This is so far from the truth. Or at least it certainly does not have to be that way. Snacks can be anything you choose them to be.
I will say this though. If you are eating at least three wholesome meals at, breakfast, lunch and dinner, chances are you will not need to snack often. This is certainly my experience. I find that I often require a snack when I have exercised rigorously between breakfast and lunch.
That said there is nothing wrong in occasionally snacking. Learn to be intentional with your choices, and make healthy choices.
Examples of snacks include fruits, nuts, leftovers, packaged snack foods, cold cuts and sandwiches.
I usually snack on nuts, yoghurt and/or fruit. I always gravitate towards berries when they are available, as they are very nutritious, and have a low glycaemic index. Small apples are also a good snack. The dried roasted groundnuts, popular in Nigeria, or others such as pistachios, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts and almonds, depending on availability, in moderate amounts are also great snacks. I recently acquired a taste for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. They tend not to be too sweet. I find a small piece, very satisfying.
We should learn to be mindful with snacking as with our regular meals. Our bodies absorb whatever we eat. We should be careful of snacking often on overly processed foods. By these, I mean store bought biscuits, milk and white chocolate bars, cakes, muffins, ice cream, sweets, crisps etc. There is no harm in occasionally indulging, but we must try not to overdo it.
Can we eat snacks? Absolutely! Just remember to be mindful about how you fuel your body, The Lord’s Temple always.