Updated: Jun 4, 2022
Snacking is an excellent means of squeezing in some additional nutrients and protein throughout the day while also reducing the chances of overeating at mealtimes. According to the Journal of Nutrition, "97% of North Americans indulge in snacks, and receive 24 percent of daily calories through snack foods". That being said, it’s important to choose healthy snacks that nourish and energize our bodies, instead of quick fixes that give us a quick sugar high and an inevitable 'crash' later on. Let’s look at some benefits of eating healthy snacks.
Balance Blood Sugar Levels
With a consistent and healthy approach to snacking (especially if you’re consuming the same amount of carbs per snack and meal), you have a much higher chance of maintaining your blood sugar levels. This is important for your body because with high spikes and low dips in blood sugar levels, your chances of developing diabetes and high blood pressure are much more likely. Granola and trail mixes are a great way to maintain a healthy balance when it comes to your blood sugar.
Reduce Chances of Overeating
Consuming small amounts of healthy snacks between meals throughout the day is very beneficial for your digestive system. It also helps to prevent overeating during mealtimes, which can reduce your chance of experiencing heart disease and obesity. We know we may seem biased, but protein-packed trail mixes and granola are one of the most ideal snack foods available, especially with the addition of wholesome fruits, whether fresh or freeze-dried.
Nuts, seeds, chocolate, and fruits are an exceptional source of daily nutrients, along with vegetables and whole grains. We are partial to our own snack food products but there are numerous healthy snack choices out there! When choosing healthy snack foods, ensure that they are nutrient-dense in order to get the most out of your meal.
Timing your snacks is key. Try not to eat a snack directly before or after a meal. Allow your digestive system to have some breathing room before introducing another round of food. When choosing snacks, try to make sure that they contain 100 calories and if you’re replacing a meal with a snack, aim for 250 calories.
If you’re residing on Vancouver Island, or plan to visit it, check out our amazing line of organic, vegan-friendly, hand-crafted, gourmet granola and trail mixes. It's the perfect anytime snack! Whether you’re looking for something on-the-go, or a gourmet snack to sit and savour, click here to learn more about our delicious snack foods. Being a family-owned business means that grownups and children alike will love our delectable homemade recipes, as we made them with a healthy family dynamic in mind. Enjoy!
Vancouver Island’s Own is a family-owned and operated business specializing in gourmet, vegan, and organic granola & trail mix, handmade with love in Victoria, BC. We believe in encouraging others to explore and connect with the environment in order to ensure our collective well-being.
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