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Tip of the week: How to snack better

Don’t fear snacks; Maintain your schedule; Understand your cravings

Don’t fear snacks. Snacking just once or twice a day can aid healthier eating, since metabolism slows if the body goes for long periods without food. “Aim for 200 calories or less” per snack and look for “something with a bit of protein that you eat slowly, like unshelled pistachio nuts or edamame.”

Maintain your schedule. A snack 30 to 60 minutes before a late dinner is recommended—especially if you’ll be drinking. “Alcohol on an empty stomach lowers blood sugar and predisposes you to overeating.”

Understand your cravings. If you’re craving salt, you’re probably dehydrated, so drink water before reaching for the pretzels. Still hungry?“Go for a natural food,” like avocado with a flavored salt. To satisfy a sweet tooth, try a snack bar with low sugar, frozen blueberries, or half a banana.

Source: Allure

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