Here are three healthy snacking tips that are easy to implement and will help you with your late night grazing! Snacking is one of the main problems people face as they try to maintain a healthy weight.
Here are three healthy snacking tips that are easy to implement and will help you with your late night grazing! Snacking is one of the main problems people face as they try to maintain a healthy weight. picked up from home environments or traditions, sometimes it’s because of some certain foods you’ve learned to love over the years, and sometimes its due to a habit or emotional association to certain stresses or celebrations in life.
So how can you snack sensibly and still manage to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight?
Here are some tips for you.
1.) Get a Grip on Your Environment
Often, our pantries are filled with unhealthy and high-sugar snacks. Dump them in the garbage and proudly declare, “This doesn’t have a place in MY (or OUR) healthy home any longer!” Even with the best of intentions, having unhealthy snacks around presents a constant temptation. When stress gets high or you’re neglecting a normal meal schedule, these high-sugar, high-carbohydrate snacks are easy to pick up in a pinch.
When smokers finally commit to quitting their addiction for good, it is always recommended to throw out any remaining tobacco or nicotine products, ash trays, lighters, old empty boxes and cartons and more. In the same way, breaking an addiction to unhealthy snacks requires you to discard any and all remnants of your old habit! But it’s not enough to just get rid of things… when you’re truly experiencing hunger (not cravings but true hunger – read about the difference here) you have to eat something. That’s where our next tip comes in…
2.) Plan Your Snacks Along with Your Meals
Planning is the first step in any successful endeavor! As the common adage goes, “If you’re failing to plan, you’re planning to fail.” Let’s say you like to snack in the evenings… then PLAN it! That way, it’s not unscheduled – this will help you avoid the temptation to mindlessly graze on something (like digging your way to the bottom of a chip bag).
When your snacking habit is unplanned, so too is the volume of what you’re actually eating. It’s difficult to take into account the number of calories you’re eating when snacks are unplanned. Instead, try measuring a specific amount for your snack and enjoy it at the scheduled time. This practice in delayed-gratification and limitation can help you enjoy your snack more and learn to dismantle the impulse to eat when it strikes you! But planning and measuring your snack isn’t enough if what you’re eating isn’t healthy to begin with…
3.) Make Sensible Substitutions!
It’s not a question of deprivation so much as it’s a matter of sensible substitution. Instead of your regular bag of chips or package of cookies, take into account the things you enjoy about your snack. If you enjoy the saltiness and crunch of chips, maybe replace that with a measured and appropriate serving of mixed nuts or celery filled with almond or peanut butter! If it’s the sweetness of your favorite cookies that seems to hit the spot (but expand your waistline), why not plan instead for a cup of Greek yogurt with mixed berries, or better yet, a few strawberries or almonds with melted dark chocolate?! (The benefits of 80%+ dark chocolate are well-documented, but keep it within reason).
Some other great suggestions include something we call Protein Pudding (plain Greek yogurt with your favorite protein powder mixed in), apple slices with almond or peanut butter, pre-cut veggie trays (for convenience) or just plain good ol’ fruit!
There Are a Lot of Choices – Get Creative!
You don’t have to feel like you’re denying yourself the enjoyment of snack-time just because it’s not pastries that are high in sugar or high-carbohydrate overly-processed foods that are high in calories. There are a lot of choices! Once you get yourself in the habit of creating the right snacks, at the right time, in the right proportions – you’ll actually find yourself enjoying snack time even more and leave your plate feeling great! Remember, it’s about sensible planning and substitution – not deprivation.
Share Your Healthy Snacking Tips
Have another great healthy snacking tip? We would love to hear your tricks to snack healthier or avoid the mindless midnight snack binge. Drop your ideas or recipes in the comments for the Kudos community to enjoy!
Changing Your Habits Can Be Difficult – KUDOS Can Help!
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