Usually, proper nutrition consists of 5 meals, 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 2 snacks at mid-morning and at mid-afternoon.
Morning and afternoon snacks are therefore essential, and allow us to reach our lunch and dinner hours without being excessively hungry, as well as to maintain regular levels of blood glucose, decreasing therefore the need of insulin.
If we eat 5 times a day regularly and with the proper combinations, we will keep fit, lose weight unlike some common domains where eating less = weight loss.
Therefore, let’s eat snacks for children and adults: our daily calorie requirements shall be split: 20 to 25% for breakfast, 10% as a mid-morning snack, 30 to 35% for lunch, 10% as a mid-afternoon snack and 20 to 25% for dinner.
Snacks for children are essential to provide all nutrients needed for growing and vital functions, but especially on vacations, they are too stuffed and heavy, they are quick bar snacks at the expense of the balance of nutrients and lightness.
It is recommended to eat quick intake sugars (simple sugars) found in fruits together with slow-absorption complex carbohydrates (bread, crackers, biscuits and cereals, preferably wholegrain and fibre-rich): Grok puffed cereals and wheat fibre with a juice at pleasure are perfect snacks, tasty, vital and light.
Who says that snacks are only for children? Adults also need a break to recharge, and if eaten with regular frequency, the metabolic activity and therefore also the ability to draw the necessary energy from food shall improve, with no accumulations.
Let’s have a fruit and vegetables fresh smoothie, or a fruit and cream ice cream, our summer coffee break will then continue with the right amount of energy for the rest of the day.