1) Empty calories. Some snacks not only lack the nutrients we need, but also give us more of what we don’t want—namely sodium, added sugar, refined grains, and unhealthful fats. These are especially prevalent in packaged snack foods.
2) Too many calories. A common mistake is to make snacks too
large, or to not adjust meals accordingly. Even when good choices are made, excess calories can cause weight gain. If you add a snack, make your next meal smaller, or save 1/2 your lunch for an afternoon snack.
3) Unnecessary calories. Snacks are especially detrimental when eaten for reasons other than hunger. Try to avoid snacking when you are bored, stressed, upset, or just out of habit.
Get more healthy snacking tips in our February newsletter http://www.nutritioncenter.colostate.edu/resources/newsletters-recipes.aspx