We’ve all done it - found ourselves in a midmorning or afternoon slump, and turned to snacking as a small pick-me-up. As harmless as these little meals may seem, snacking in excess, or doing so the wrong way, can encourage weight gains, as well as add high quantities of sugar and salt to your diet.
But with a small amount of effort you can easily avoid these damaging snack foods, and turn snacking into an activity for which your body will thank you.
The next time your stomach grumbles, try first to give yourself a glass of water and see how you feel. Not only could this bed your appetite, it also means you’ll remain hydrated, even if you do decide to indulge in a salty snack.
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies are always my go-to for a light snack. Substitute processed snack foods for fresh produce, and always make sure your fruit bowl is stacked and in view. Fruit and veggies are nature’s ready-made snack foods and are available at every supermarket and grocer. So next time you find yourself heading for the chips and biscuits aisle, summon your willpower and make a smarter choice with fruit and/or veggies.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are delicious, nutritious, and perfect for snacking on. Whether you make your own trail mix, or simply eat away at a bag of cashews, nuts and seeds are high in protein, easy to keep in your bag or cupboard, and bound to satisfy your appetite.
Don’t skip meals
This might sound obvious, but skipping a wholesome breakfast or lunch leaves you likely to be tempted by the ease of damaging snack foods. By eating proper meals regularly you greatly diminish your chances of turning to snacking.
While the snack market is one dominated by largely nutrient-deficient foods, there are often healthier alternatives. Switch regular crackers for whole-wheat ones, milk chocolate for antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, white rice for brown rice, etc. More of these healthy options are popping up every day, and they can make a difference in your diet.
You can’t always adhere to a meal plan, and it can be hard to turn down foods offered to you, but you can always be conscious of what you are putting into your body and how much of it you are eating. Snacking better simply comes down to awareness and moderation.
Looking for more specific snack food ideas? Check out our article on smart snacking options.
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