Healthy Snacking Inspiration
The Snacker’s Guide to Eating Right
If you think finding healthy snacks is hard, think again. While old habits sometimes die hard, changing the way you think about snacking makes all the difference. If you grew up grabbing a bag of chips or a package of cookies to fend off the munchies, changing your snacking habits is as simple as:
- Changing how you think about snacking
- Making a list of healthy snacks you love
Healthy Snacking is a State of Mind
The first step in making healthy snacks a part of your everyday routine is to change the way you think about them. Here are three tips to help you change your mind about healthy snacks.
- Think small. Keep an eye on your portions. While many healthy snacks come in convenient, single-serving packages, they aren’t always the most cost-effective option. If you choose to buy your snacks in larger packages, set aside a single portion before you start eating. This keeps you from eating more than you need.
- Be mindful. Try to avoid distractions while you snack. Even the healthiest snacks can be bad for you if you overindulge. Take popcorn for example. Watching a suspenseful movie while you shove handful after handful of popcorn in your mouth is not a healthy way to snack. Before you know it, the bowl is empty, and you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Be mindful of the foods you eat and try to avoid distractions when eating.
- Think of snacks like you would a meal. Instead of thinking of your day’s eating as three meals plus snacks, see it as five or six meals. By thinking of snacks as meals you become more motivated to make sure they have nutrients in them.
With just a little bit of thought, snacking can be a part of a healthy diet.
Make a List of Healthy Snacks You Love
Adding your favorite healthy snacks to your grocery list means you will always have healthy snack options on hand when you need a little boost in between meals. Whether you are eating at home or on the go, these healthy snack ideas may be just what the doctor ordered:
Fresh or dried fruit – Choose from apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, blueberries … the list goes on and on. Fresh fruit is high in fiber (helps you feel full longer) and tons of nutrients
Nuts and seeds – Looking for a crunchy, salty potato chip substitute. Nuts and seeds are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Consider almonds, walnuts, pecans or sprinkle super-food chia seeds or pumpkin seeds on anything from yogurt to salad to fresh fruit.
Whole grain goodness – Whole grains add fiber and nutrients to your diet. Spread some peanut butter on a slice of whole-grain bread or grab a handful of your favorite granola.
Dairy products – Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium and delicious topped with fresh fruit. Consider a serving of cottage cheese or a glass of antioxidant and calcium-rich chocolate milk.
Veggies and dip – Change your chip and dip habit to cucumbers dipped in hummus, red pepper strips and guacamole, or celery sticks with cream cheese.
Smoothies – It’s easy to trade in your milkshake habit for a healthier smoothie. Combine your favorite frozen fruit with Greek yogurt, a little honey and a tablespoon of nutrient-dense chia or flax seeds and give it a whirl.
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