Weighing in on women’s routines
Good snacking intentions dissipate throughout the day, survey shows
(Nc)—according to a new survey conducted by the Almond Board of California, 87 per cent of women age 35 and up revealed they snack between meals and a significant proportion (35 per cent) admit to going overboard on snacking, consuming their most indulgent snacks in the late evening hours of the day.
Based on these findings, choosing the right snack is key to help preventing late-night overeating and fighting pesky weight gain.
One snack that’s sure to satisfy are crunchy, nutrient-dense almonds. Nearly eight out of ten women surveyed reported snacking on nuts, with almonds ranking as a top nut choice. Registered dietitian and author of New York Times bestselling book Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, Cynthia Sass, agrees.
"Almonds are my personal favourite since they have so much nutritional value in such a small bite," she says. The author features almonds as one of the five foods in her book’s "5-Day, 5-Food Fast Forward" diet plan.
"Contrary to popular belief, eating a small snack in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon is a smart strategy. It helps keep metabolism and energy levels up and stabilized over the course of the day," Sass explains. "I often recommend almonds as a top choice when cravings hit because they’re so satisfying, and they can be paired with so many other foods like dark chocolate, fruit, yogurt and seasonings."
When it comes to flavour pairings, 32 per cent of women surveyed prefer a pairing, with a strong 18 per cent of those choosing chocolate as their favourite pairing combination. Survey respondents also cited salty and crunchy snacks as the type they would reach for most often in both the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.