Go ahead…take a snack break! Experts agree that eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can improve mood, manage your weight and boost nutrient intake. Here are even more reasons to build mini-meals into your daily eating routine.
Keep the Fire Burning
Eating small, frequent meals may make your weight control efforts easier. After eating, your metabolism kicks into high gear to burn calories. Think beyond traditional salty snacks and try breakfast for a snack. Munch on Quaker® Life™ Cereal Original, Cinnamon or Maple & Brown Sugar with low-fat milk, stirred into nonfat yogurt or nibble straight from the box. Each mini square features wholesome Quaker® Oats with just a touch of sweetness.
Manage Mealtime Portions
Snacks stabilize blood sugar levels and curb between meal hunger. They may also help you control portions at your next meal. Snacks that satisfy combine carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fiber. Just one ounce of Emerald® Nuts supplies 150 to 170 calories, plus it’s chock-full of healthful fats, fiber and the antioxidant vitamin E. Packed in a unique, on-the-go canister, these nuts travel with you to work, home or outdoor adventures. Whether your snack attack demands salty or sweet flavors, they have a variety to please your palate including Cocoa Roast, Deluxe Mixed Nuts, Dry Roasted and more.
Lift Your Mood
If too many hours pass between meals, you may feel irritable, unable to concentrate and low on energy. When you’re craving a better-for-you treat, indulge your sweet tooth with Nestle® Raisinets®. Coated with Dark or Milk Chocolate, these plump, sun-ripened California raisins provide a half serving of fruit in every quarter cup and contain 30 percent less fat than other chocolate candies. When you’re in the mood for something sweet and tangy, try new Milk Chocolate-covered Cranberry Raisinets®.
Meet Nutrient Goals
Snack to fill the nutrient gaps in your diet. Many adults fall short on key nutrients including calcium, fiber, omega-3s and whole grains. Jolly Time® Healthy Pop® offers a crunchy and delicious way to eat more whole grains and fiber. A three cup serving of popcorn contains just over 100 calories, supplies four or more grams of fiber and counts as one of the three or more servings of whole grains recommended daily. All Healthy Pop® Crispy White Naturally Flavored, Kettle Corn and Butter varieties are 94 percent fat free too.
Upgrade staple snack foods like crackers, baked chips, raw veggies or pretzels into healthy mini meals by adding nutritious dips and spreads like natural peanut butter, hummus, fresh salsa or guacamole. Baked with quality ingredients, all varieties of low-fat Rold Gold® Pretzels deliver a robust and hearty flavor. Mix them up in one of our “do-it-yourself ” snack mixes featuring Honey Wheat Braided Twists and Tiny Twists.
Combat Mindless Eating
Resist the urge to mindlessly munch on snacks at your desk, in the car or when watching television. Eating while engaged in other activities may lead to over-eating. Instead, try grabbing a stick of Wrigley’s® Extra® Sugar Free Gum or Dessert Delights that contains just five calories each. Choose from classic flavors like Peppermint and Spearmint to exotic flavors like Key Lime Pie and Strawberry Shortcake. What’s more? Chewing sugar-free gum after eating or drinking also helps promote good oral health.
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