- Keep healthy snacks on hand and in sight – One key to eating healthy snacks, is keeping healthy foods in the house! Even better, put them in plain sight rather than locked up in the cabinet. Try filling a “candy” jar with mixed nuts or dried fruits and placing a fruit bowl in the middle of the kitchen table. You’re much more likely to pick a healthy snack if it is within reach, so keeping them in sight will reduce chances of searching high and low for a less healthy option.
- Set a snack schedule. You know your body better than any expert does – if you know you need snacks between meals, plan for those times! Bring snacks along with you and plan to take breaks from work or life to sit and enjoy it to minimize endless nibbling. Portion out baggies of serving sizes before you leave the house, and take a little break to focus on your snack and avoid overeating.
- Choose snacks with protein, fiber, or both! – Many of us feel the need to snack between meals, and that’s okay! As long as we make smart choices. Choose reaching for something with a lot of fiber or protein to promote digestion and reduce chances of overeating by feeling full for a long period of time. Fiber and protein help regulate energy levels throughout the day as well, possibly allow you to skip that afternoon caffeine fix! A few smart options that satisfy this ratio are an apple with almond butter, a handful of unsalted nuts, or healthy popcorn snacks low in fat and oils.
Remember: snacking is not the enemy! It can be just what you need to avoid feeling ravenous at the end of the day, and ultimately overeating. Eating the right thing at the right time can be the key to keep your eating on track. What other healthy snacking tips do you live by?