Snacking itself is a very healthy process, giving our body midday nutrients to get into fighting shape for the day. What we eat and how much we eat when we snack is what determines how good it really is for us.
Eat Full Meals.
Always make sure you eat full meals; that way you aren’t binging on junk food when you don’t eat.
Carry healthy snacks if possible,
or have them available to you at home or work.
When the urge to snack arises, having healthy snacks in view and easily available means you can reach for something that won’t make you feel guilty or lethargic. There’s another reason behind that fruit bowl on the counter, you’re more inclined to eat what you can see (we eat with our eyes first👀).
Have more fruits and veggies around.
Having more fruit and vegetables around will ensure you make healthier snacking decisions. More natural sugar than processed sugar is a sweet deal for your body🍭.
Grab some protein.
Protein-rich snacks, such as nuts, yogurt, cheese or eggs would also be a good choice to ensure that you feel fuller and that your body can use the fuel you are giving it immediately. Jerky also isn’t a bad snack but may be higher in sodium, requiring you to drink a little more water.
Create a snack schedule.
Avoid the ‘eating when you’re bored’ cycle and give yourself times to snack – making sure you don’t overindulge before dinner!
Swap out the soda for seltzer water.
If you’re having trouble with the fizzy pop, swap it out for fizzy water for a healthier type of fizz. (There is flavored seltzer as well).
Meal prep and plan.
Prepping your snacks ahead of time will make it easier to avoid senseless snacking. Whether that’s throwing grapes in the freezer for some frosted grapes (❄🍇=👍) or creating trail mix baggies of nuts and dried fruit to grab on hand.
Check out more tips on meal prepping here.
Don’t be fooled by “light” snacks or drinks.
Unless you go through the ingredients, there is no guarantee these ‘lighter’ versions are better for you and usually only have slightly fewer grams of sugar or trans fat – but not a significant difference from the original.
Don’t be fooled by “veggie” either.
Just because chips may be made of different vegetables than your typical potatoes doesn’t mean they may not have been fried in the same way & in the same oil.
Often drinking water can curb some snack attacks which can save you from unnecessary snacking.
Focus on your snack.
What I mean is multi-tasking while snacking, whether that is doing work or watching TV, can have us eat more unconsciously and even feel sick after from eating too much afterwards – this happens with me, a good movie and candy.
When you eat quickly your body digests less efficiently. It’s similar to running late to school or work in the morning; you can try to brush your teeth while combing your hair but there’s a good chance you might use the wrong brush at one point.
Take a walk.
See if you’re still in the mood for a snack afterwards. Worst case scenario – the snack you eat refills your energy storage from that walk.
No matter what your fitness goals are, creating a plan and having backup tips can only help you towards your goals. Snacking is good – but too much of anything can be a bad thing, so moderation is always something to keep in mind.
If you’re heading out for the night, check out this related article on sticking to your diet in social situations.
Not sure what kind of snacks to grab? Check out this related article on a suggested grocery list.