This is a really common question that we get asked, as there is a lot of different information available as to whether we should be having snacks or just sticking to our three main meals. The rule of thumb with this is to make sure you listen to your body’s natural hunger and satiety cues and eat accordingly!
Some people will find that they have no appetite between meals and are only hungry around meal times. If this is you this is absolutely fine, there is no need to force yourself to have a snack.
More commonly we see that people are feeling hungry between meals and like snacks but are unsure what to have or if they should have anything at all. If this sounds like you it is important not to ignore this hunger. If you do, you are likely to be absolutely ravenous by the time you reach your next meal, and are much more likely to eat very quickly and ‘inhale’ your food. Furthermore, when we reach the point of feeling starving, we typically crave foods high in refined sugar, as your body seeks the most efficient way to increase your dropping blood sugar levels.
So for most of us snacks are an important part of our eating pattern. Read below for our top tips for smart snacking and our suggestions for convenient, healthy snacks.
Top Tips For Smart Snacking:
What other snacks do you like?