Did you know that when you restrict what you eat you only end up wanting that food even more? Let’s be real, we all snack. And actually, snacking isn’t “bad” for you if you do it in moderation and make healthy choices.
Yes, we all have long days where we start craving something sweet or need something salty to help us snap out of the day, but if you’re smart about how you snack you’ll feel, and maybe even look, better. And who doesn’t want that?
So, let’s toss the excuses aside and run through some of the healthy, nutritious tips to add to your daily routine.
Here are my tips to snack happy:
Snack on what you love: when you give yourself the freedom to snack on the foods you love it can actually take the desire away to keep snacking. Think of this as a reminder to stop stressing so much over food. When you resist and deprive yourself it only causes those carvings to work in overdrive.
DON’T wait too long between eating: Going long stretches between meals without snacking can cause blood sugar to drop, setting off cravings and causing you to overindulge later
Put healthy snacks within eyesight: You’re more likely to pick a healthy snack if it’s convenient and within reach. Try putting fruit in a bowl on the counter, so you can grab an apple or orange next time you’re hungry.
Take your snacks out of the bag: When you snack straight out of a box or bag you’re more likely to overindulge. Put your munchies on a plate or in a bowl.
Take it with you: Think ahead and carry a small bag of healthful snacks in your pocket or purse so you won’t turn in desperation to the cookies at the coffee counter or the candy bars in the office vending machine.
It’s all about balance: I’m all about balance in life-true balance. You have to be honest with yourself and ask a sincere question if you’re truly eating in balance or if the scale has tipped heavily on one side or the other.
My quick and easy go-to snack Ideas.
These tasty snacks have the right combo of carbs, protein, and fat—giving you a boost of energy and filling your stomach.
- Apple with dates(taste like a caramel apple),
- a handful of dried fruit and nuts one tablespoon of peanut butter on whole-wheat crackers or toast
- sliced veggies dipped in hummus,
- air-popped popcorn sprinkled with shredded Parmesan cheese
- pita chips with bean dip
- sliced avocado low-fat cottage cheese with fruit
- almonds a fruit smoothie made with low-fat yogurt or milk
So go ahead and eat the daily dose of your favorite snack and happy snacking.