Snacking in between meals is extremely important to help maintain a steady flow of energy and to help boost your metabolism. If our blood sugar levels drop too low, we may feel dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed which in turn will cause our bodies to slow our metabolism. By having “smart snacks” on hand, you can help to boost your dwindling energy levels throughout the day. “Smart snacks” are those that combine a serving of carbs, fat, and protein to help steady our energy levels. Carbohydrates like fruits, veggies, and granola provide the body with a burst of energy. Meanwhile, protein and fat sources like eggs, peanut butter, and hummus help to curb and keep hunger at bay. Down below I’ve included further detail on why these snack options are worth trying out.
Since I first began my journey to a career in the field of nutrition, many of the questions I’ve been asked revolve around protein. Protein is the most sought after macronutrient by athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness fanatics because of its role in building muscle. However, the role of protein goes far beyond building muscle and extends into just about every square inch of our body. Protein plays a role in:
- Formation of muscles, bones, blood, skin, and cartilage
- Production of hormones, vitamins, and enzymes
- Building and repairing tissues
Unlike carbs and fat, protein is not stored in the body for later use and must be supplied through your diet on a daily basis. While most people get more than enough protein in their diet, it’s not just about the quantity but more importantly the quality.