The word “snacking” has developed a bad reputation – many of us immediately think of high-calorie chips, processed foods, and cookies. But actually, “snacking” means eating between meals, whether the food is healthy or not. Studies have shown that the main motivation for in-between-meal eating is hunger, but other factors like stress, location, and social environment can play a big role too. Before you reach for that snack (good or bad), take a moment and think: Am I really hungry right now? Or is something else going on?
But, let’s be real; there WILL be times when you will reach for that snack. Plan ahead so that reaching for a healthy snack will be just as easy as reaching out for that processed package of chips or cookies.
Get Your CRUNCH ON!
- Pears and apples
- Carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets
- Zucchini or cucumbers (slice into long wedges or circles for variety)
- Popcorn (it’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain!)
- Nuts (those good fats are GOOD for you!)
Eat those FILLING snacks
- Whole grain toast (add peanut butter or almond butter for variety)
- Fruit or veggie smoothie
- Low-fat or fat-free cheeses
- Cherry tomatoes with hummus
Snacks for when your SWEET TOOTH is in charge:
- Raisins, dates, figs
- Frozen banana or frozen grapes
- Fresh fruit salad (be creative and add in a new fruit that you haven’t tried before!)
- Canned fruit in natural juices (for when you need something fast!)