7 Rules for Healthy Snacking, According to Nutritionists

We're well aware that healthy snacking is a proven strategy for eating right and living a better life. In practice, however, the tactic is not always so straight-forward. What exactly does it mean to snack smart? How often should you snack, how big should your snacks be, and what exactly should you be snacking on? All these questions pose complications for someone who is committed to healthy eating, and the internet is full of competing answers. To get to the facts, we reached out to two nutritionists.

"Healthy snacking, ideally when combined with healthy eating overall, can have a variety of benefits from more energy and better focus to clearer skin and better digestion," says Candice Seti, Psy.D, CPT, CNN of The Weight Loss Therapist. Snacking throughout the day also leads to making better choices when you do sit down for a full meal. As Farah Fahad, MS, RD, dietitian and founder of The Farah Effect notes, "when you are more level-headed deciding what to eat you often make better choices." To help us get on track to healthy eating by incorporating nutritious snacks throughout the day, Fahad and Seti answered all our questions on snacking smart. As Seti puts it, "taking care of your body nutritionally always gives back."

Keep scrolling to see nutritionists Fahad and Seti's rules for healthy snacking.