Snacking has a bad reputation. People associate snacks with weight gain, health repercussions, and much more. But snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing; it all depends on the size of your snack and its nutritional value. Snacking can actually play a huge role in weight control, because the more often you eat, the smaller your meals can be.
As an athlete, I have to make sure that I am putting fuel (food) in my body on a regular basis, and not just three times a day. Snacking throughout the day helps me keep a steady energy and satisfaction level, and avoid that uncomfortable feeling of hunger. There are a lot of different snack options out there, almost too many to name; so my teammates and I have come up with a condensed list. Here are Nevada Volleyball’s favorite snacks!
Madison “Merl” Morell
Merl likes to eat celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, otherwise known as “ants on a log.” Celery has a high fiber content that helps with digestion, and peanut butter is a great source of healthy fat. The contrast of crunchy and creamy is a fun way to mix things up.
Sam’s favorite snack to eat during the day is greek yogurt and honey. Greek yogurt is full of protein, and honey is a great natural way to sweeten it up. Nice choice Sam!
Tay likes to snack on grapes and string cheese. Grapes are one of the best super foods you can eat. They lower your risks for cancer and heart disease, and are super easy to take with you on a busy day. Because of its individual packaging, string cheese is the perfect way to get your calcium and protein servings without getting too much saturated fat.
Mo’s favorite daytime snack are bell peppers. Bell peppers are super low in calories, so you won’t feel any guilt when eating them. They also contain plenty of Vitamin C to keep your immune system powerful and your skin looking healthy.
Lynds likes to eat apples with almond butter, and Thorpe likes chia seed pudding. Apples have all sorts of health benefits. The help reduce cholesterol, decrease risk of diabetes, boost immune systems, etc. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and protein; making them a great addition to any snack.
Dylan’s favorite snack to eat is what I like to call a bread-less sandwich. He puts a few slices of deli meat in-between two slices of cheese. This snack is a great way to satisfy your sandwich craving without all the extra carbs.
SK’s Food Of The Day
Kale has been all the rage lately, and there are some pretty good reasons why. Kale is extremely rich in fiber and is a good source of calcium and iron. It has been shown to fight off diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. You can add kale to lots of things, like soups, salads, or sandwiches. So go on and try it, it won’t “kale” ya!
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