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I love to snack. I work so I am able to
control what I eat during the day but when I get
home I am starving and love to eat snacks all
night. Unfortunately, I love carbohydrates and
they seem to be the only thing that makes me
feel full. I eat healthy foods and seldom eat
junk food. I have yogurt for breakfast and
turkey sandwich or yogurt for lunch. What else
can you suggest that I snack on? I would love to
get your help.
Loves to Snack
Loves to Snack,
Limited, healthful snacking is not necessarily a
bad thing. It can help keep blood sugar
levels (and energy) stable so that you aren't as
likely to overeat at meal times.
However, it sounds like you may be doing some
"sport snacking" which can lead to
Be sure you eat a well-balanced dinner when you
get home. This may help curb
the urge to "graze" all night
long. Then I would set reasonable limits
on how often you allow yourself to snack,
especially in the evening. Stock up on
snacks that don't tempt you to go back "for
just one more."
Carbohydrates are fine as long as they
aren't refined, such as sweets, crackers and
chips. There are a lot of healthful snack
options and I would encourage you to explore the
shelves of a good health food store. Some
suggestions: rice cakes, fruit juice
sweetened cookies, baby carrots, popcorn.
Fruit is a good choice but may not satisfy you
for as long as other selections.