5 Secrets to Smarter Snacking
1. AVOID SNACKING ON JUNK FOOD
Think, "Nutrient Density" when choosing your snack. Pre-plan and prep your options so you are not caught off guard and find yourself giving in to temptation. When you don't have time to pre-plan, choose your store carefully. Going to Whole foods or Trader Joe's will offer you healthier options than 7-11.
Be mindful about why you reach for food when you are emotionally charged, stressed or bored. Learn ways to "consciously" reject food for comfort or emotional reasons. Brainstorm ways to avoid giving in to temptation. Call a friend, do a craft, clean a drawer, go for a walk, etc.
3. AVOID / LIMIT FOODS FROM A BOX, BAG, OR CAN
Choose fresh (preferably organic) fruits and vegetables along with lean meats. Prep your fresh items. You can have left over chicken breast sliced with some avocado or a measured out amount of almonds with a small apple. If you must have a bar as a meal replacement, read the ingredients carefully and watch out for too much fat or sugar. Rice cakes or rice crackers with almond butter are a good option.
4. SELECT BETTER OPTIONS
Choose a snack that has some protein and fat. This will keep you fuller and more satiated. Look for options with fiber. Do not choose anything with trans-fats. Whenever possible avoid excess salt & sugar.
5. CARRY AN INSULATED LUNCH BAG
Purchase a little insulated lunch tote or a small cooler. Use a reusable ice pack to keep your items fresh. Pack pre-cut veggies, hard-boiled eggs & pre-washed and cut fruit.