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!)