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We’ve all been there. Waiting too long between meals can lead to excess hunger. That can cause strong cravings — and cause you to overdo it when you do finally eat. So, what to do when hunger strikes? First, drop the guilt! Hunger is a normal sensation. It’s your body’s way of telling you it needs fuel. That’s a good thing. Next, recognize that hunger so you can help your body meet its needs.
Then, grab a balanced snack that contains protein and produce. Protein helps slow digestion, which keeps you feeling full. Produce is full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied — and it packs important vitamins and minerals. You can also choose a high-fiber whole grain in place of the produce item when you need a bit more energy.
Here are some of my favorite go-to snacks:
- Apple slices with a handful of almonds
- Carrots and celery sticks with hummus
- Whole grain crackers with tuna or a string cheese
- A slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon
- Peaches with cottage cheese
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Christopher is a University of Florida graduate, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist, and Board Certified Specialist in Obesity & Weight Management, and has a past history as a fitness trainer. He enjoys helping guide members toward the healthy and happy life they want to live in the future.