Snack Time: 3 Ways To Do It Right

A tired woman reaching for the alarm clock( — The hunger pains of dieting and lifestyle changes are probably starting to set in now that the New Year is well underway. But you can satisfy the hunger, fuel your body, and reach your goals with a snack in hand.

Snacking is more than a pastime and way to increase your calories. It can help boost metabolism and curb hunger during the day. Choosing healthy, easy, affordable snacks makes changing your eating habits much easier than you once thought.

Remember that timing is also important. Utilize your snacks when you need them most. Here are a few tips to maximize your snack time:

1. Tired and sluggish? Choose a power packed snack to get you through the day and boost your energy level. Try foods that are high in protein, with a small amount of carbohydrates to get you a long lasting boost. Nuts and a small piece of fruit or peanut butter on a slice of whole grain bread are great choices.

2. Hungry and lunch is a few hours away? Sneak in a high fiber, high protein snack mix to take you through the day or even as a bedtime snack to take you through the night. Try a few vegetable sticks with hummus or high fiber cereal and milk to tide you over.