Is Snacking Good For You?
Myth: “Snacking is not good for me!”
Fact: Snacks can be a great nutrition benefit for exercisers and non- exercisers if they snack healthfully. Try to eat a whole grain carbohydrate (granola bar, whole grain cereal, whole wheat crackers, pretzels, fruit, ￼etc) AND a lean protein (yogurt, 2% cheese, 2% cottage cheese, turkey jerky, lunch meat, etc) or a healthy fat (peanut butter, nuts, seeds, avocado, etc.) at every snack. Examples include peanut butter crackers, fruit and string cheese, yogurt and whole grain cereal, granola bar and nuts, etc). Skipping snacks typically leaves people starving at meals and triggers overeating. So grab a nutrient-rich snack and eat less at lunch and dinner!
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.