How to Snack to Support a Healthy Metabolism
Snacks are often a sore spot for many of us when it comes to sticking to a healthy eating routine. They are often not as planned out as our daily meals, and we are often faced with a ton of unhealthy snack temptations.
However, adding a couple of healthy snacks to your diet each day can actually help keep your energy levels up, your blood sugar stabilized, and your metabolism kicked into high gear. But, the trick is to stick to nutrient-dense snacks that are free from sugar.
In this article, we are going to talk about some ways you can incorporate a healthy snacking routine into your day to help support a healthy metabolism.
#1 Enjoy 1-2 Snacks Per Day: When it comes to snacking, you may only need to enjoy one snack per day depending on when you eat your meals. This may come in between breakfast or lunch or between lunch or dinner. Or, you may eat breakfast super early and then dinner really late and need two snacks to get you through. Try to plan it out where you aren’t going longer than three hours without eating something nourishing.
#2 Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods: You want to make sure that the foods you are snacking on are nutrient-dense to help support blood sugar levels and to support a healthy metabolism, and not drag it down. Ditch the packaged sugary snacks, and stick to things like hard-boiled eggs, nuts, seeds, sliced avocado with freshly squeezed lemon juice, or a smoothie made with berries, greens, and a collagen protein powder.
#3 Be Sure to Stay Hydrated: While snacks are totally ok if you are enjoying the right types of foods, staying hydrated is equally as important. It’s very common to think you are hungry when really your body is just needing some rehydration. Be sure to sip on water throughout the day to make sure you aren’t getting dehydrated, and to also support a healthy metabolism.
#4 Watch Your Portions: Remember that a snack is a snack and not a meal. Don’t overindulge with your snacks or you may not be hungry enough to eat a real meal. A great snack would be one hard-boiled egg with a ½ cup of berries and one tablespoon of almonds. You will get your protein, healthy fat, and carbohydrate without feeling overly full. Keeping your snacks balanced with healthy fat, protein, and carbs is also key to supporting a healthy metabolism and stabilized energy levels.
If you are stumped on what to enjoy for a healthy snack or how to go about snacking to support stabilized blood sugar and support a healthy metabolism, give these tips a try. If you still aren’t sure what makes for a healthy snack, take a look at the list below to help you get started:
- Unsalted and natural nuts & seeds
- ½ an avocado with sea salt
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Sliced apple or banana with almond butter
- Full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt with flax seeds and a drizzle of honey with a ½ cup of fresh fruit
- A smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk, berries, greens, and collagen protein powder.
Written by: Rebecca Jacobs, a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant who specializes in women’s health, gut health, and food sensitivities.