The Perfect Snack

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Healthy Eating by

Finding the right snack can be really difficult.  Ideally, you will want a between meal snack that is under 200 calories, and will make you feel satisfied for about 3 hours.  Eating 5 small meals daily leads to better weight maintanence.

Eating a balance of protein, carbs and fat will likely accomplish this for you.  What are the best proportions?  Try to get at least 14 grams of protein, since this will increase your metabolism and reduce hunger.  Limit the carbs to 25 grams, since carbs just make you hungry and build fat cells.  The rest of the calories can come from fat.  Here are some options:

  • Protein bars or meal replacement shakes with the above proportions
  • low fat beef or turkey jerky
  • Edamame (soy beans)-4 oz shelled, or about 50 pods
  • Low carb, low fat yogurt
  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • non-fat cheese slices