4 Rules for fuelling up
1Know if you need a snack “People think that they should eat five times a day, but it’s good to get hungry between meals,” says dietitian Stephanie Middleberg. If you don’t feel hungry or notice your energy levels dipping, there’s no need to nibble.
2Time-manage When you next feel a snack attack coming on, consider whether you’re hungry or anxious, lonely or tired, and how long it’s been since your last meal. “If it was an hour ago, there’s no way you’re hungry,” says Stephanie. If it’s been a couple of hours, eat something light.
3Perfect the composition Dietitian Rachel Beller’s snack rule: 732kj, at least 3g each of fibre and protein, plus healthy fats to slow digestion. Try veggies and hummus, or Greek yoghurt, fruit and granola.
4Don’t snack after supper Most of what we eat late at night tends to be sugary, so stay out of the kitchen after your last meal.