Did you know eating healthy snacks actually does good for a healthy diet? Healthy snacking keeps our minds alert and our energy levels full. Not to mention, it can help avoid weight gain, too. And with our busy schedules, it’s especially important to snack healthy to keep us alert through out the day.
I am no stranger to temptations of mindless snacking in front of the TV. In fact, I like to snack! You might see me eating small meals. But behind the scenes, I am quietly snacking! If you like to snack, then its important to make sure the snacks in your kitchen are healthy and portioned control.
Here are five easy tips to help you keep the healthy snacking:
1. Plan Ahead
By planning and prepping ahead, you can ensure to have healthy snacks within reach when your energy levels start to dip. Write your snacks into your menu plan and grocery list. Prepare and pack snacks ahead of time for the work or school day. To help you maintain blood sugar levels and energy levels up through out the day, plan for snacks that are between 100-200 calories.
2. Snack with Volumetrics Food
Nutritionist Barbara Rolls, PhD, created the Volumetrics diet – foods with high water content to help fill you up without adding a lot of calories. Volumetric foods are lower-calories, lower-fat, with lots of vegetables and fruits.
Volumetric snack ideas:
- Low-fat yogurt
- Fresh berries
- Cherry tomatoes
- Side salad
- Cup of broth-based soup
- Cut up veggies with low-fat dip
3. Set a Schedule
Don’t wait until your stomach growls to know that you are hungry. Waiting to eat when you’re starving can lead to unhealthy snacking and eating choices. You are liable to grab the closest thing in site – like some chips or a dip in the candy jar – and then eat too much. No matter how busy your schedule, plan on eating every few hours at the same time everyday. Just read this Customized Fat Loss review and you’ll know how important it is to create a custom meal schedule.
4. Stay Hydrated
When your body is thirsty, it often gives off the same signals as being hungry. Keep that reusable water bottle filled and stay hydrated. Add sliced fruits & veggies – cucumber, oranges, lemon, lime, strawberries, watermelon, and mango – to your water to add a refreshing natural flavor.
5. Snack Mindfully
Mindful eating makes you aware of how you eat. It keeps a limit on the mindless eating – caused by boredom or external stress – that could ramp up the excessive calories.
Snack mindfully by:
- Taking a break in your schedule to savor your healthy snack. I find taking a walk outside while eating my snack during a beautiful day, is a great way to be mindful
- Get rid of the distractions when eating. Eat your meals and snacks at the table
- Keep healthy snacks at your desk. And if snacking at your desk, make sure to stop what you are doing to actually enjoy the snack
- Ask yourself if you are really hungry or eating because of external feelings
The few steps above will ensure you eat healthy snacks throughout the day, preventing you from eating fatty or junk foods that are not good for your health.