Central Florida Health News|June 2020
SNACK — AN INTERESTING WORD for food eaten between meals. It conjures up different images for different people.
For some of us, it’s something to grab on the run between meetings or while running errands — think protein bar. For others, it helps to ward off boredom and we mindlessly nibble cookies while watching TV. Snacks also help keep children happy, especially with school being out for weeks now, and the youngsters might go for fun-flavored Goldfish crackers.
Snacks sound decadent, and they have a bad image. We already have three meals planned. Do we really need any more food?
Many experts say we do. Well-chosen snacks can help balance nutrition throughout the day. They also can give you energy to complete planned activities. Because we avoid becoming ravenously hungry before meals, it can help balance calories, according to medlineplus.gov. Healthy snacks should be low in fat and sugar, high in fiber and water. Pairing carbohydrates with protein will help satisfy hunger the longest.
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