6 Smart Snacking Tips That’ll Help You Stave Off Hanger (and Preserve Your Sanity)
Snacking has always been the key to staying (relatively) sane, but recently, the stakes have gotten higher. The longer we work from home, spending day in and day out attached to our laptops and simultaneously managing what feels like the weight of the world, the more essential it is to have easy access to noshes that we know will keep our energy—and our mood—up. According to a new study from the International Food Information Council, one in three consumers report snacking more often since COVID-19 pandemic began, the majority (34 percent) saying that they snack multiple times a day. Make no mistake—just because we’re spending more time at home doesn’t mean that we’re any less busy. Quite the opposite, in fact: the IFIC’s research showed that the majority of Americans (63 percent) reported convenience as the reason they’re consuming more packaged snacks.
But as with anything, there is an art to smart snacking, meaning finding foods that will cure your hanger, leave you satisfied, and give you the motivation you need to tackle your to-do list.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with snacking,” says Amy Lee, MD, a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, member of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and Head of Nutrition for Nucific. “It is the type of foods you snack on that can help you maintain your mood, mental clarity, and metabolism—or break them.” For starters, Dr. Lee recommends avoiding processed snack foods packed with simple sugars. “It’s about being smart with your snacks and making every little thing you eat count,” she says.
Here are Dr. Lee’s top tips for smarter snacking. (Because your sanity is worth it.)