Snacks can be the superheroes of your diet. They can help tide over your hunger until dinner, sneak in extra nutrients, keep your energy steady, and boost your mood. But if yours tend to leave you feeling run down, bloated, or hungry again only an hour or so later, it’s time to change your between-meal eats. Use these tweaks to transform ho-hum bites into power-packed snacks that do your body good.
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What’s missing: Fiber. It’s definitely okay to drink a green juice as a snack if you’re not that hungry. Just make sure it’s made with more vegetables than fruit to help cut down on sugar and better manage your blood sugar.
Supercharge it: For something with more staying power, turn that juice into a smoothie. [Tweet this tip!] In your blender (not juicer), mix leafy greens with diced fruit such as an apple and unsweetened nut milk or coconut water. “Smoothies contain the fiber and pulp of produce, which delays digestion and keeps blood sugar steady,” says registered dietitian Megan Roosevelt, founder of healthygrocerygirl.com.