It's a myth that snacking in between meals is a no-no. In reality, it's a healthy habit to keep hunger at bay without sacrificing taste or nutrition, according to Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian and author of the New York Times bestselling book "S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches."
Sass recommends plant-based snacks to help slow digestion and absorption, which keeps you fuller longer and better controls blood sugar and insulin levels. To snack smart, follow these tips from Sass:
Stick to a schedule: Going long stretches without food deprives your body of the fuel it needs and slows your metabolism. Have simple snacks on hand so you don't get too hungry and become ravenous later.
Create portable options: Having portable snack options at the ready helps prevent giving in to poor food choices. Pack a zip-top plastic bag or container with a handful of wholesome snacks, such as dried fruit.
Separate the physical and emotional: We sometimes tend to mistake emotions for hunger, and our moods often determine our food choices. Keeping a food diary to record all snacks and meals, along with feelings and the signs of hunger or fullness, helps identify eating patterns.
-- Family Features