If you want to maintain optimum health through your diet, that doesn’t mean you have to give up snacks. In fact, it is often recommended to have two or three small snacks per day in between meals. This can help keep blood sugar levels stable. However, you need to ensure that your snacks are healthy and not just an excuse to eat more, as this can inevitably lead to weight gain. So, how do you determine what snacks are good for you?
The Dangers of Fruit
You may assume that eating lots of fruit would be good for you. In fact, when you are ready to do a workout in your comfortable Aim’n leggings, you might have seen people eating bananas at the gym. However, not all fruit is healthy, and overeating can cause bloating, diarrhea, and heartburn. And if you are particularly fond of juicing, this can lead to high blood sugar levels. So choose your fruit wisely, and aim for no more than two cups worth per day.
What About Vegetables?
A healthy lifestyle should incorporate a good diet with lots of vegetables combined with regular exercise. If you don’t really enjoy working out, it can seem much more appealing if you treat yourself to some cute leggings from Aim’n. After your visit to the gym, you can have a healthy vegetable snack, such as feta, cucumber, and tomato stacks, or carrot sticks with hummus. These are easy to transport in your gym bag, ready to eat at any time.
Careful with the Sweet Stuff
It may be tempting to think that as it is only snack size, you can have a smaller cake or chocolate bar. However, it will contain a surprising amount of calories, particularly from its sugar and fat content. If you really do crave something sweet, you can have a pot of sugar-free jelly. You don’t want to undo all the hard work you have put in at the gym and not be able to fit in your leggings anymore! Of course, moderation is vital, and you can have one small square of chocolate per day.
Healthy snacks can easily be incorporated into your diet and can stave off any hunger pangs until it’s time for your next meal. Use your common sense, eat smaller portions, avoid too much sugar and keep up with a regular exercise routine to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.