Ex­plore the ben­e­fits of plant-based snack­ing

Truro Daily News - - LIFESTYLES - Terry Daley, RD Terry Daley is a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian with At­lantic Su­per­store in Truro.

Snack­ing can be a great way to keep from get­ting too hun­gry be­tween meals. If you sit down to a meal when you are starv­ing rather than be­ing only slightly hun­gry, you will typ­i­cally end up eat­ing more, and you’ll be more likely to choose op­tions that are higher in sugar and fats since the body is look­ing for a quick burst of calo­ries for en­ergy.

So healthy snack­ing is a good idea, es­pe­cially as it also helps you make sure your body is get­ting a steady stream of nu­tri­ents that are re­quired through­out the day.

Not ev­ery­one needs to snack, but if you find your­self hun­gry be­tween meals, it is a great idea to plan ahead so you can have snacks handy for when you need them. A good snack should sus­tain you, and to do so it should in­clude a source of fi­bre and a source of pro­tein.

If you are eat­ing plant-based, the make-up of a healthy snack is no dif­fer­ent.

Plant-based sources of fi­bre in­clude fruits and veg­eta­bles as well as cer­tain whole grain crack­ers and wraps.

Ideas for plant-based pro­tein sources in­clude nuts, seeds, nut but­ters, tem­peh and some plant-based yo­gurt al­ter­na­tives.

The key to healthy eat­ing – plant­based or oth­er­wise – is va­ri­ety, snacks in­cluded. Be sure to mix up your fi­bre and pro­tein sources as of­ten as pos­si­ble, not only to en­sure ad­e­quate nu­tri­ents, but also to keep it in­ter­est­ing.

Look­ing for an easy to make, easy to grab, plant-based snack? Try the recipe be­low for ve­gan choco­late peanut but­ter balls.

It uses a ve­gan pro­tein pow­der from PC’S plant-based prod­uct line to pro­vide the pro­tein boost. Do you have a nu­tri­tion health goal in mind? The At­lantic Su­per­store di­eti­tian team can coach you to suc­cess! Set up a per­son­al­ized ap­point­ment at bookadi­eti­tian.ca or email us for more in­for­ma­tion at di­eti­[email protected] Di­eti­tian ser­vices are also avail­able for schools, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups.

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