Snacking during the day, in a healthy way, helps to balance our body’s daily nourishment needs. Snacking helps to avoid over-eating at a next “main” meal because we are not feeling “starved”. When we leave so long between the usual three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), our blood sugar levels drop, as do our energy levels and then we are inclined then to eat more at the next “main” meal than we should, or to rush and grab an unhealthy alternative.
I factor in a mid-morning snack between breakfast and lunch, and an afternoon snack between lunch and dinner. As I said in my Healthy Living page the best way to maintain body nourishment is to eat regularly. My snacks are not large enough to actually become a meal. They are just the right size to maintain my daily wellbeing slowly releasing energy and nutrients.
Again, planning is the key. I make little snack boxes to take to work for these times. I also have several pieces of fruit with me which have a low GI scoring, such as an apple, a pear and a plum, thus these will release their energy slower than for example a banana.
I try to have enough of this small meal “snack” to supply essential nutrients, minerals, and the right fats and fibre. It takes longer for the body to break down this combination as well as the fruit so staving off hunger until my next “main” meal.
And, for “emergencies” where I still do feel hungry, I have a small bag of fruit and nuts in my drawer. It’s a shame that our on-site work vending machines do not have anything but chocolate and crisps in them. Still it also saves money for me to have my snacks and daily food bag with me!