Rules for healthy snacks
A healthy snack bridges the gap between meals, and offers the opportunity to include nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy, that supply nutrients your brain needs every day. Follow these pointers to maximize between meal noshes.
- Think of snacks as mini nutritious meals. Save foods such as chips, sweets, and biscuits for occasional treats.
- Limit snacks to 200 calories or less, and account for snack calories as part of your daily calorie allowance to encourage a healthy body weight.
- Pair protein-packed foods, such as nuts, low-fat dairy or soy, with carbohydrate-containing food, including whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. Your brain needs protein to build brain cells and neurotransmitters. Protein helps keep you fuller for longer, and protein-packed foods are generally rich in vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrate-containing choices such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables provide energy and other nutrients such fibre, vitamins, and minerals.