I think that the term "snacking" has been given the wrong connotation. Sure, if you perceive snacking as indulging in processed foods high in fat and caloric value, then of course it isn't healthy. If you swap the chips for some veggies and hummus, then snacking can be a positive thing. According to studies, eating snacks rich in nutrients and under 200 calories will keep your body energized and healthy. The combination of protein, plus exercise, fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which then boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn. Another important factor is fiber, which helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars.
I don't know about you guys, but I tend to get bored with my snacks. I need a little creativity when it comes to healthy eating. So, if you are like me, take a look at the following chart for a variety of options: