The best and worst thing about food is the variety, especially if you're prone to copious amounts of snacking. To help keep your waistline in check and your taste buds content, distinguish your snacks from your treats.
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Forbes asked dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner to create a guideline on the dos and don'ts of healthy snacking. Among Dawn's tips is to know the difference between what constitutes a snack and what classifies as a treat. As a quick rule of thumb, "a snack is nutritious and filling, [while]a treat is not". Furthermore, "snacks should pack enough nutrition to provide energy so you don't yearn for more and end up overeating". As a guideline, try limiting your snacking to about twice a day and occasionally replace one of those snack times with a treat. Remember also to keep both snacks and treats between 150 to 200 calories.
Check out the full post for other snacking rules, and remember to avoid those food ads if you'd like to snack less. For some suggested snack ideas, check out this previously posted guide to 20 snacks that will fill you up and boost your productivity.