Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
Snack smart to lose weightIf you were taught that an afternoon snack would "ruin your dinner" or that you should stick to "three square meals" a day, I'm happy to report that it's perfectly okay-even healthy-to break those rules. People with the healthiest diets snack twice as often as those with the least healthy diets, a new NPD survey reports.
And they're reaching for better choices: While nighttime noshing on ice cream and chips is declining, there's been an uptick in the number of people having a midmorning bite on foods such as fruit, yogurt, nuts, and seeds.
Most snacking is also no longer mindless or impulsive. Nearly 80 percent of food choices were planned or composed of pre-purchased items.I love reading reports like these because they parallel what I see in my private practice. More than ever my clients see snacking as a way to fit in whole grains and produce, and boost their intakes of key nutrients including antioxidants and fiber. Rather than seeing between-meal eating Read More »from Why You Should Snack More Often