The Smart Way to Snack
Custom-fit your snacks to your needs and schedule.
Snack With a Purpose continued...
working out. "The term 'carbo loading' refers to hours before an
athletic event," Audrey T. Cross, PhD, professor of nutrition at Columbia's
Mailman School of Public Health, tells WebMD. "But right before -- especially
after a day of work -- you might want to prime the pump with a piece of fruit
and a big glass of water."
After school or work. Depending on when dinner is
scheduled, many people need a little nourishment when they get at home.
Pediatric nutrition specialist Higgins recommends adolescents who are eating
dinner late or running back out to athletic events eat a small meal consisting
of a sandwich and a glass of milk -- regardless of whether they are diabetic or
not. "Otherwise, young people come home and eat all the way until dinner, a
cookie, a cracker, a soda; they are never satisfied. A sandwich is better."
Smart Snacks on a Diet
When you are cutting calories. Even adolescents can read
labels, Higgins says. Popcorn, pretzels, or baked chips can be a good snack --
in moderation. Put the rest away on a high shelf. Cut-up veggies also make you
work hard to chew and are satisfying. Cross recommends rice cakes with a little
wake-up of peanut butter or cheese. "You are less likely to be hungry an hour
later," she says.
During TV time. "I am not in favor of eating while watching
TV," Cross says. "Have you ever watched someone eat while the TV is on? They
are not tasting anything. They just need an activity to do while staring, and
eating has become popular."
When out with friends. Sometimes it's also popular to "go
for dessert" or grab a snack with your buddies. Cross recommends splitting a
dessert. "If you get ice cream or To Die for Chocolate Torte, get one scoop or
divide it," she says. "The real reason for going out is to be with your date or
friends -- not the food."
At the movies. The movies are an example of an activity
tied to food rather than time of day. "Why is this?" Duyff asks. "When we sit
at the computer, we need a beverage. When we go to the movies, we need popcorn.
We need to change our mindset."