Like any savvy woman trying to make the number on the scale go down or stay steady, you snack during the day to keep your energy tank full, boost metabolism, and make sure you don’t stand a chance of overeating. But to reap those benefits, you need to be strategic about what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat, otherwise you’ll end up packing on pounds. Follow these simple snacking tips, and your munching will never meddle with your weight.
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Since most Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables or the recommended amount of omega 3s every day, “consider snacking a prime opportunity to work on fulfilling these nutritional needs,” says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of Eat Your Way to Sexy. Skip candy, cheese puffs, and other foods without benefits, and instead try to include two food groups at every meal: one fruit or vegetable plus a source of omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, flaxseeds, or smoked salmon.