The effects of snacking have been widely debated, with some suggesting that snacking makes you gain weight while others don’t agree. Despite the many studies that have investigated the relationship between snacking, nutrition, and health outcomes, it's still unclear whether or not we should be snacking. What is clear is that making smarter snacking choices, such as choosing foods that don't trigger large blood fat responses and blood sugar peaks and dips, is likely to be better for our overall health.
Our go-to snacks will be different but have a few things in common
There is a huge amount of variation in how everyone responds to the same foods. This means that the best snack for one person may not be ideal for another. Here are a few things that you can keep in mind as you create your go-to snacks. Snacks that score 50+ will usually include:
- Gut-friendly dietary fiber
- Healthy fats
- High-quality carbs
- Unprocessed or less-processed ingredients
Find your go-to healthy snacks using the ZOE app
The ZOE Insights app lets you search for any food (including branded products), see your personalized score based on your unique biology, and find the ones you enjoy the most. You can use the ZOE app as your guide as you discover snack foods and ingredients that score 50+.
First, start with your favorites
List 5 snacks that you generally choose to eat and search for them in the ZOE app. If you're stuck for ideas, here are a few examples of snacks that might include 50+ ingredients for you:
- Hummus and crunchy vegetables
- Baba ganoush and wholegrain pita chips
- Sliced apple with almond butter
- Plain yogurt with mixed berries
- Mixed unsalted nuts
If they score less than 50 for you, use the app to search for similar snacks that you could eat as an alternative. If they contain any ingredients that score less than 50, play around with swapping them out with options that score well for you.
Then, add these 5 snacks to your ZOE Insights app and save them to your favorites list ❤️.
Next, discover new snacks
You can also use the explore function in the app to help discover new snacks by food or meal that score 50+. The list is structured to show all high scoring foods at the top, so you can work through the list from top to bottom to find the best foods for you.
- Go into your ZOE Insights app and select the 'Snacks' category under 'By food'. Pick out 5 green foods/foods that score 50+ for you and add them to your favorites list ❤️.
- Now, select the 'Snacks' category under 'By meal' and list 5 snacks made with all green / 50+ ingredients and add them to your favorites list ❤️.
After completing the exercises above, you should have 15 great snack ideas that are great for your body! You can use this list to fall back on if you find yourself hungry between meals and aren't sure what to eat.
Get ready for the week
Now that you have a great list of favorite snacks that score well for you, why not plan ahead by adding them to your weekly grocery shopping list and prepping a few of them ahead of the week? You could even portion them off into containers that you can grab on your way out of the house.
...and if you haven't planned ahead
The best part about the ZOE app is that you can take it wherever you go. If you ever find yourself away from home without any of your go-to snacks, you can use the app to scan the barcodes of products in the supermarket to find the best option for you.