Healthy Moment: National Nutrition Month 2019

Snack time has a bit of a reputation for unhealthy
eating. Often times, we reach for something that satisfies
a craving, rather than hunger. But snacking can be a good thing, especially
when it is used to curb hunger between meals. Eating a small amount of food between meals
can curb your appetite and help you resist overeating at the first
opportunity. So what does it mean to snack healthfully? Think of your body like a car. If you fill up a car with gas that requires
diesel, it won’t travel very far. But if you give the car the right gas it needs,
you can drive it for miles. The same is true for what you put into your
body. Protein and high-fiber foods are slow-burning
fuels that make you feel full and energized for a long time. Processed and sugary foods, such as soda,
chips, cookies and artificially-flavored fruit snacks provide
quick energy, but it’s short-lived. They won’t make you feel full for very long. Unlike coffee or caffeinated beverages, nutritious
food will re-supply the body with fuel to improve alertness, concentration
and overall mood, without the crash later. Many of us can use this much-needed energy
boost to fight off mid-afternoon fatigue. To get more fiber and protein, incorporate
multiple food groups into your snacks. Examples include low-fat cottage cheese with diced pineapple, low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries, or apple slices with peanut butter. In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Strive for Wellness encourages you to use
these tips to help make small but meaningful modifications that can have a lasting impact on your overall health and wellness.

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