We are a nation of snackers, but all too many times we find ourselves snacking on high calorie, high fat processed foods with little to no nutritional value. It is much easier than you might think to have good-for-you snacks available. To begin, consider the following:
1) Commit to not even buying, or at least limiting the chips, candy, and cakes you bring into your house. Out of sight, out of mind.
2) Get into the habit of eating an apple as soon as you want a snack. If that does not do it, choose another equally as healthy snack before resorting to unhealthy snack. (But please do not beat yourself if you indulge a bit in something less than healthy – remember you are human).
3) Before mindlessly grabbing something make it habit to stop, take a breath and consider the flavor and mouth-feel you are craving. Then “upgrade” that craving. If you want something smooth and creamy, upgrade to Greek yogurt with a bit of honey instead of ice cream. If you want salty and crunchy, upgrade to popcorn popped in coconut oil and seasoned (experiment with different flavors like curry, garlic salt, parmesan cheese and brewers yeast) rather than cheese puffs.
Some other snack ideas are dates topped off with a bit of almond butter, all fruit popsicles, a cup of oatmeal with cinnamon, a piece (or two) of dark chocolate, fruit salad, or hummus with crudite.
A little planning ahead of time can go a long way in bringing you closer to your healthy goals!