Snacking has always been a healthy eating habit, that is, when it is done right. Those little snacks we eat throughout the day keep us from eating everything in sight when mealtime comes. But there is a difference between simply snacking and healthy snacking.
Here are 5 tips for easy and healthy snacking to make and keep you healthy.
Pay attention to your snacks.
Notice how you always reach for that bag of chips or grab a biscuit when you feel hungry? You probably got used to eating those without thinking. Well, it’s time for a new snack menu. Ditch those empty calories by actively searching for snacks that are nutritious. Think along the lines of fruits such as peaches and grapes, low-fat yoghurt, and even vegetables such as carrot sticks.
Never miss a meal.
Most people assume that not eating on time will help them lose weight. Wrong! Missing lunch or dinner will actually make you want to snack more, later one. Follow a regular schedule for your meals and snacks. Resist the urge to miss a meal and just grab a bite even if you are not very hungry. This will prevent you from eating a snack and full meal two hours later.
Stock up on healthy snacks.
Have a healthy snack in your bag, near your work area, and in your pantry and fridge. Always having a healthy snack on hand will not only stave off your hunger but will also prevent you from eating easily available chocolates and biscuits. And while you’re stocking up, take the time to prepare them. Wash and cut fruits and vegetables and pack in them in ready-to-go bags.
A house may never run out of chocolate and sweets, cookies, and other junk foods, so the best thing you can do is to keep away junk food you already have and stop buying more! If you have the urge to indulge, buy snacks that come in single servings. Our snacking habits are also greatly affected by our mood. Stress makes us want to snack, so learn how to deal with stressful situation proactively.
Surround yourself with healthy snackers.
Just as you need to keep away from bad food temptation, do yourself a favour and be with people who also value their health and snack on healthy options. Not only will these people encourage you to eat in a healthier way, you can also get to learn other healthy habits and tips from them.