Five Easy Ways To Start Healthy Snacking:
1. Snack Mindfully
Social gatherings, workplace potlucks, bad habits, emotions, daily “rewards” will prompt poor snacking decisions which cause you to eat even if you aren’t hungry. Don’t deprive yourself of the fun things in life. Just be sure not to undermine a weeks worth of good decisions for a moment of fun.
2. Preparation Is Key
With the increasing demands of day to day “adulting” it can be challenging to stay consistent with your snacking. As crazy as it sounds, a package of Ziplock bags & a brown paper bag goes a long way. Carving out 1 to 2 hours at the start of your work week does wonders! Preparing fruits, vegetables and prepackaging pita chips & nuts will make the difference in making healthy decisions that last through the week.
3. Watch The Sugar
An ideal snack is one that will include protein, fiber and a minimal amount of fat to Help you feel satisfied between your daily meals. Studies suggest that no more than 10% of total daily calories come from sugar (approximately 200 Calories OR 50g of added sugar On A 2,000 Calorie Diet).-
4. Understand Food “Servings”
Start with the serving size. One common misconception is that “this full bag of chips will only be ‘X’ amount of calories”, when indeed the bag may include 5 servings. So your serving size will need to be multiplied by five! A good rule of measure is to use a measuring cup (1 Cup) to gauge 1 serving.
5. Add An Additional Serving Of Veggies As A Snack
A healthy diet should consist of at minimum 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day. Snacking on veggies during the day not only ensures the daily requirement is met, but will also ensure healthier choices will be made throughout the day.