One fundamental guideline to keep an active metabolism is to eat around five times a day. Three meals and two snacks.
Now, it's easier to reach for a convenient packaged food for snacking, but clean-eating snacks should be, well, better than that.
Clean-eating snacks should be made from healthy whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Let's take a look at some tips.
➊ Mix Fruits with Protein
Not only these make for delicious combinations, but also healthier, as you get a more balanced bite each time. Think of dates with prosciutto-wrapped dates, pear and brie, apples sticks with cheddar, berries with yogurt. Yum!
➋ Make it Yourself
While you can find clean packaged snack foods, you'll want to read the ingredient list to make sure it's short and simple and that there's not a lot of added sugar lurking.
Making your own snacks allows you to control the ingredients so you know exactly what you're getting.
When you're eating clean try making super-simple homemade versions of your favorite packaged snacks. Make your own trail mix with nuts and dried fruit and skip store-bought versions with more sugar than fruit.
➌ Calm your cravings for sweets the natural way
Eating a few servings of cereals, salad dressings, sauces, or bread may already max out your "sugar quota" for the day. And you haven't even gotten to the dessert yet!
Eating clean means seriously cutting down on your added sugar intake. So reach for naturally sweet fruits to satisfy your craving instead.
➍ Keep it Simple.
Cleaning up your snacks is a good time to reach for more whole foods and keep things simple. Think sliced veggies like peppers or carrots and a hummus dip, fresh fruit, a handful of nuts.
It doesn't have to be complicated for it to be absolutely delicious.