The nutrition mantra to avoid snacking between meals assumes you’re indulging in empty, sugarfrosted or fatladen calories that inflate your waistline. But when you substitute lean, high-protein fare (including bacon quesadillas— read on), you turn a so-called hindrance into an advantage. “Snacking is fine if it fits with your overall calorie and macro needs for the day,” says Brian St. Pierre, R.D., a sports dietitian for Precision Nutrition (precision nutrition.com). “It can also prevent overeating later in the day, which you might do if you went hours without eating at all.” Fortify your diet with these snacks, apps, and hors d’oeuvres, which are quick to prep and full of flavor.
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