The “basics”: Carbs… fast digesting. Energy(calories) delivered the quickest as they start to break down in the mouth. Will not hold you over for long, but are usually the easiest “go to”, thus making them overly convenient. Since most bagged and packaged foods are carb heavy, they are easiest for people on the go. Also, you’ll most likely feel the “lighter” after eating carbs than the other macros, since carbs will sit in the gut for the least amount of time.
Fat… the slowest digesting macro, thus it will always hold you over the longest. BUT… the pack the biggest caloric bang, so you spend a lot of calories on them. Also the most limited when it comes to choices. Fat is the least diverse macro and few desirable foods are 100% fat. Fat will also sit in your gut the longest, thus should consume accordingly for hunger levels and training times (for athletes). .
Protein… the most important macro, but does not yield energy. Needed as often as possible, in every meal. Slower digesting than carbs, but quicker than fat. We all know protein is conducive to ALL goals, and the more we can sneak in, the better. If you struggle with hitting protein, your snacks should prioritize it. If you hit protein easily through portion sizes, you don’t have to worry about it in snacks as much.
Questions? Comment below!