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Healthy Post-Workout Snacking >

On 08.18.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

Breakfast is typically touted as the most important meal of the day. We have heard time and time again about the importance of refueling within the first few hours of waking after a night’s rest, as we are essentially fasting while we sleep. However, we might not be considering the other time of day when replenishing and refueling our bodies is in similar demand—post-workout. For those of us able to be physically active a few days a week, it is vitally important to nourish our bodies after breaking a sweat. Replenish your body’s stores After an hour or so of moderate-to-intense physical activity, our bodies have tapped into our carbohydrate stores (glycogen, specifically), broken down muscle, and depleted our fluids and electrolytes to fuel the Read More >

Stay Fuller Longer with Eggs and Other Satiety-Boosting Foods >

On 04.20.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

The primary purpose of food is to satisfy hunger, provide energy, and supply our bodies with essential nutrients. Although we also choose what we eat based on taste and personal preferences, it is important to have a strong foundation of satiety-boosting and nutrient packed foods in our daily diets. What is a satiety-boosting food? Satiety-boosting foods are ones that are rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein. They are digested slower, thus keeping us fuller for longer. On the other hand, foods high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and sugar-sweetened beverages, offer very little satiety and often lead to overeating. To build your foundation of satiety-boosting foods, check out these super-filling options. Pulses, avocados, and nuts increase satiety Pulses—also known as beans—are a Read More >

Tips for Healthy Snacking >

On 03.24.2016 by Molly Bray Yunek

Snacking can be the key to a healthy diet when done properly. But according to the USDA, the average snack for U.S. adults tends to have higher proportions of carbs and total sugars than beneficial nutrients such as protein and fiber. What to look for in a healthy snack The best snacks are those that fill you up quickly, keep you feeling full until mealtime, and add relatively few calories to your daily total. When picking a snack, aim for something that follows these simple criteria: Few calories. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories. Even when you eat a portion that satisfies your hunger, the calorie count is low. High in protein. Quality protein can increase satiety, help manage weight, and prevent chronic Read More >

Snack Swap >

On 01.14.2013 by Sue Grossbauer, RD

Swap sneaky snacks for smart ones, and balance your breakfast, too! If, like many, you’re into a low-calorie eating routine for the New Year, you’re probably on the hunt for healthy breakfasts and snacks. Something you can graze on without the guilt. The tick list? Low-calorie, high in protein, and satisfying. Certain power foods come to mind: Instant oatmeal. Protein bars. 100-calorie snack packs. What’s the tradeoff? Sometimes it’s sugar. Or sodium. Sometimes you have to dilute the protein and forgo the wholesome flavor of natural foods. Instant oatmeal A typical instant oatmeal snack is only 150 calories. But it’s also 15 grams of sugar. Try microwaving 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats with water for the same convenience — 4 minutes for one serving — Read More >