Who Else Wants to Snack Better?

A woman snacking at her desk at work.

Are you tired of feeling guilty every time you reach for a snack? Do you want to make healthier choices but can’t seem to resist the lure of junk food?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to find balance when it comes to snacking, with these simple tips and tricks, you can snack smarter and feel better about your choices.

First things first; determine if you’re actually even hungry. You be thirsty instead! Start by drinking a glass of water and then wait 5 to 10 minutes before you grab something to eat.

Now, let’s talk about the foods you eat. Whole grains are a great place to start.

Look for packaged foods that list whole grains as the first ingredient, or bake your own treats using whole wheat flour. Whole grains are more nutritious and filling than their refined counterparts.

Reduce your intake of sugar and sodium by choosing fruits over candy bars and opting for natural foods like raw nuts and plain yogurt. Plan a balanced menu that includes all three food groups – complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Instead of reaching for convenience foods like energy bars or low-fat cookies, choose whole foods like fruit slices, vegetables, and nuts.

Eating more produce is key to snacking smarter. Aim for 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. And if you have a favorite snack that’s high in sugar or saturated fat, find a healthier substitute.

Now, let’s talk about how much you snack. Limit your portions by measuring out a single serving instead of eating out of the container.

Practice mindful eating by giving your full attention to your food and savoring each bite. Pack a bag with healthy snacks like carrot sticks and yogurt drinks to avoid unhealthy choices when you’re on the go.

And finally, manage stress and boredom by finding alternative ways to entertain yourself, like taking a walk or picking up a hobby.

If you need more help, consider keeping a snacking journal to track your progress and identify patterns. With these tips and tricks, you can snack smarter and feel good about your choices.

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