The Secret to Smart Snacking
A few bites may be all you need to crush a craving. Turns out, smaller snack portions can leave you just as satisfied as a larger one, according to new research from Cornell University.
In the study, participants were broken into two groups based on portion size of snacks. The larger portion size group ate 1,370 calories worth of snacks (100 g of chocolate, 200 g of apple pie, and 80 g of potato chips), while the other group ate 195 calories of the same foods. Researchers found that the group given larger portions consumed 77 percent more food, but they did not feel any more satiety than the group who ate smaller portions. With these results, the authors of the study urge people to eat less instead of overdoing it on snacks. Quite simply: smaller portions are key to smart snacking.
To help get you on track, here are a few healthy snack ideas:
Roasted Chickpeas (1 cup)
Pistachios (1/4 cup)
For more smart snacks:
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