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What are The Healthy Snacks in France?

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What are the healthy snacks in France? I noticed in the United States snacking it’s very common. In France snacking “grignotage” is not allowed. Snacking is considered to be a symptom of a problem.  If you snack it’s mean you didn’t eat enough at mealtimes.

Therefore French people usually eat a smaller meal for dinner, such as a soup or salad with bread and a dessert which is often yogurt or a slice of cheese. 

So what they do? In the morning around 10 a.m and on a small, mid-afternoon for children, called ” le quatre-heures“, “the four o’clock.”

Usually, when kids get home from school, around 4 p.m. This snack helps little bellies to stay full between a noon lunch and an 8 p.m. dinner.

But otherwise, you won’t ever or rarely catch anyone in France snacking.

38% of French snack between meals from the newspaper “Le Parsien”

What are the healthy snacks in France? Below some healthy snacks that French people eating:

  • Fruit: apples, peach, banana, kiwi, orange. They are nature’s ready-made snack packed with vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients that support a healthy diet. Fruit is also generally low in calories and high in fiber, which may help you lose weight.

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  • Dried fruit, source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Dried fruits are also very good because they are rich in fiber and can be preserved for much longer than fresh fruit.

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  • Smoothie with avocado, nuts, hemp seeds, or chia seeds contains good amounts of plant-based fat and proteins. There is so much choice!

For example, there are green smoothies that are full of fiber and protein. It makes a delicious and refreshing low-car, keto, and Whole30 snack.

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  • Yogurt is my favorite snack; I love to eat yogurt with bananas. Whether you choose plain, Greek, flavored, or low-fat, yogurt is a nutrient-packed snack that nourishes you with a generous amount of calcium and protein.

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  • Hard-boiled eggs rich in protein; and will give you a feeling of satiety that lasts for several hours. So they are appetite suppressants and help to lose weight.
  • On top of that, eggs are excellent for your health because they are rich in magnesium and potassium.

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  • Cottage cheese 0%, full of calcium and protein. They also help to have a satiety feelings.

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  • Small vegetables like carrots, radish, or cucumber are low in calories and good to lose weight. But it is essential to eat plain without sauce or butter. Specially radish and cucumber are rich in water, so it is a nutritional quality. Radish is also a good source of vitamin C.

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  • Chocolate, but it has to be dark chocolate and high cacao content. Good news for chocolate adept! Dark chocolate is good to eat at any time during the day, morning, afternoon, or evening because it’s full of antioxidants, calories, and fiber with beneficial effects. Dark chocolate has less fat and sugar than other chocolate and rich in magnesium and iron. According to the Nutritionist, it’s also better to eat a full chocolate bar than a chocolate square every day.

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  • A hot drink, tea, or coffee. Tea is the second drink the most consumed after water in the world. First, the tea decreases the risk of diabetes, and second, it decreases the fat in the intestine. Ideally, drink 3 cups of tea during the day. Drink 1 cup of tea 1 hour before a meal increases the feeling of satiety.
  • Coffee is the most popular and consumed drink in the world. By drinking coffee, the body avoids storing fat.

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  • Slices chicken breast cold. It is rich in protein, almost no fat, and satiated. Very good when we want to lose weight. It is thigh meat; it allows you to get full quickly. Moreover, low in calorie its fits perfect into a low-calorie diet.

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  • Nuts; pistachio, almond, hazelnut. It is recommended to consume a handful of nuts per day and organic. They are rich in fiber which has long-term satiating properties. They also provide a large dose of energy quickly.

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Overall it is important to not have fat snack and too much sugar. So the privileged snack are:

  1. Low-calorie snack, a snack representing between 5% and 10% of an individual’s daily energy intake.
  2. Snacks low in salt and sugar
  3. Snack rich in nutrient and good for satiety to not ask more

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