Eat Right Tuesday: Meals and snacks on the go

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The weather is warming up, as the outdoor activities begin! While you’re out on the town for festivals, picnics, second lines, and more, our Saints Live Well team wants to keep your nutrition top of mind even beyond the lunch or dinner table. . Here are some tips and perfect travel recipe ideas from Sports Nutrition Team Director Jamie Meeks that will keep your body satisfied throughout your day of fun.

Benefits of snacking

Scheduled snacking helps provide an energy boost if several hours pass between meals and blood sugar levels drop. Having healthy snacks available will keep you from getting too hungry and turning to junk food. Choosing snacks with additional nutrients like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein can help curb your appetite to prevent overeating at the next meal as well.

Plus, preparing meals and snacks ahead of time will save you time when you need a little pick-me-up at home or on the go. This can help you choose healthier food options, which can lead to eating more nutrient-dense foods, ultimately helping to improve your health, help the body recover from exercise, and provide more energy while throughout the day.

Snacks may also be beneficial for people struggling with blood sugar issues. They can prevent the excessive drop in blood sugar between meals. Snacks high in fiber and protein are beneficial because they are slow to digest, which helps prevent blood sugar swings. This is very important for people with diabetes and/or hypoglycaemia.

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