Victorian Institute of Sport

Nutrition Tip | Healthy Balanced Eating

Monday, 01 October 2018

Listening to your body and acknowledging your hunger and fullness cues is a key skill in healthy balanced eating. Our bodies don’t stop and start at midnight every 24 hours and sometimes we are hungrier some days and not so much others. The key to filling these gaps and acknowledging hunger can be achieved through snacks. 

Snacks can fulfil our hunger cues but also provide us with important extra nutrients we can’t always get through three meals alone. 

Think dairy, vegetables and fruit.  Here are some reasons why…

We know that 96% of Australian adults don’t get enough vegetables in their diet, so this is a great place to start when planning out your daily snacks.   Osteoporosis occurs in 1 in 3 Aussie women and 1 in 5 Aussie men; achieving calcium requirements through dairy rich snacks can work towards preventing this. Fruits also give you an extra edge in getting in enough fibre; put 2 pieces of fruit in your lunch box for good bowel health.

Happy Snacking!!

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