I like to snack … and I am a dietitian. Dont laugh; that is not an oxymoron. Snacking isnt a bad thing if you are savvy about it.
I like to snack … and I’m a dietitian. Don’t laugh; that’s not an
oxymoron. Snacking isn’t a bad thing if you’re savvy about it.
I also used to suffer from chronic heartburn. Medication helped calm
the chronic problem, but snacks still save me from occasional sleepless
nights of acid reflux pain. How? One of the biggest heartburn triggers
is overeating. Big meals spell big trouble. The solution? I eat small
meals and snack in between. That way I don’t get too hungry, and I’m
less likely to overeat.
Of course, what you choose to snack on also matters. Fortunately,
nutritious foods are also often the ones least likely to aggravate
heartburn — especially if they have a low glycemic load. This means
they are digested slowly, so they help you feel full longer and prevent
overeating. Snacks with a low glycemic load typically have the following
- Rich in protein
- Balanced in fats (more good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats; fewer bad saturated fats)
- High in fiber
- Full of complex carbs
What smart snacks do I eat? My first choice is nuts.
As long as I keep it to a handful, I don’t worry about the calories. In
fact, peanuts — “honorary” nuts — boast a super-low glycemic load and
provide a slew of nutrients. My favorite snack? Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast or celery. Or apple slices dipped in peanut butter.
On the go? Skip vending machine chips and candy bars and go with the small bag of peanuts instead.
Other great heartburn-friendly snacks include the following:
- Trail mix
- Plain low-fat yogurt (add your own fresh fruit)
- Low-fat cheese
- Raw veggies dipped in hummus
- Three-bean salad
- Cottage cheese on cantaloupe
- Whole-grain cereal or granola with low-fat milk
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
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RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
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