You’re always on the go, and so are your kids. It’s a rare occasion when the whole family sits down together for a weekday dinner. Instead, you’re reaching for a snack as you head out the door. Fox and Friends asked registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia Stoler how to make the most of these grab-and-go meals. She explained that snacks are an important part of a healthy diet, and if chosen wisely, can help you get needed nutrients. We were elated that she suggested snacks made with healthy fats and included products made with vitamin-packed Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil.
Instead of eating three large meals a day, Stoler suggests consuming six smaller meals throughout the day. “That’s actually something that I advocated in my book,” she said. “The reality is that we need to eat throughout the day to maintain our blood sugar level so that we have adequate energy.” We get energy from the food we eat. Carbohydrates and fats are primarily used for energy, while proteins are generally used for making hormones, muscles and other essential bodily components.
Between meal snacks can do more than keep you moving. “We can use snacks as an opportunity,” said Stoler, “to get in foods or nutrients of need that we’re not getting in during mealtime.”
Stoler first shared snacks made with healthy fats. Her suggestions included avocados, almonds and foods made with chia, “because it has omega-3 fatty acids in it,” she explained. She also suggested Nutella and Luna bars for when you want a chocolate or sweet snack. “Nutella and Luna bars have something called Malaysian palm oil in them,” she said. “It has tocotrienols which is vitamin E. It is neuroprotective. (Red palm oil) also has beta carotene in it.”
Healthy fats are an essential part of balanced diet, and should compose 20 to 35 percent of your total daily calories. “We can have fats for different reason,” Stoler explained, “and some of them are to get added nutrients in.”
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