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Monday, September 8, 2008

12 Week Challenge: Check your snacks

While snacks have become a regular part of our daily food intake, is could be questioned if, whether given our largely sedentary lifestyles we actually need to snack at all. Snacks can come in handy if they help to manage hunger and prevent over eating at meal times but with a snack needing to be just 400-600kJ, the average coffee teamed with banana bread or muffin can equate to up to 3x that amount of energy. So, this week, try changing your snack routine. Either limit your snacks completely OR swap to low kJ choices. Not only will you eat better at meal times but you can cut your daily energy intake by up to 2000kJ.

Susie's Top 10 Snack Choices
Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy yoghurt
Punnet of berries
4 Vita Weat 9 grains with 2 slices Light Jarlsberg cheese
2 corn thins + peanut butter
Paddle Pop Ice Cream
Go Natural Nut Delight Bar
Carman's Breakfast Bar
Red Capsicum
10 Wafethins + low fat hummus
Skim Latte OR Jarrah hot chocolate