Smart Snacking… is there such a thing?
With nearly 25% or more of the daily intakes of Americans coming from snack foods, it is no wonder snacks get a bad rap.When you’re surrounded by Hershey’s Bars in the vending machine and some sort of dried out old bagel in the office break room with a questionable cheese spread that’s been sitting out for who knows how long, it’s hard to believe there is such a thing as SMART SNACKING.
Trust me, I know oh to well how difficult it can be to resist the urge and cave into the box of donuts brought in for a coworkers birthday or the office candy jar around 2pm when the post lunch blood sugar lows set in. We’re human! But, if we equip ourselves with the RIGHT kind of snacks we can conquer the urge to cave and mindlessly munch.
To avoid the mindless munch and change your focus towards smart snacking, try to focus on these 3 P’s.
- Plan: Look at your week ahead. Choose 3-5 separate snack items with a moderate calorie value and a blend of protein and fiber. Depending on your calorie needs, this will vary, but I try to stick with this formula:
100-200 Calorie Snack with >5 grams of fiber & >6 grams of protein
- Prepare: Peel those carrots, puree that hummus, or pick up those granola bars at the market on Sunday. Whatever your choice of snack may be, be sure to prepare it ahead of time so you have it ready to go when you’re in a rush.
- Pre-Portion: It’s great you have that batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars made in the fridge, but what happens when your afternoon sugar calling strikes and you have an entire pan of tasty treats in front of you. If you’re anything like me, those 9 servings that were left can easily turn into 2 or 3. Pre-portioning your snacks into small Tupperware containers or zip-lock bags is crucial to helping you watch your portions and eat in moderation. Even tasty Doritos can fit into a snack every now and then when you eat those 12 chips with a 4 oz portion of plain Greek yogurt dip. The key is proper portioning!
I know a lot easier said than done! But, with determination and the right attitude, this is definitely possible. Plus, there are wonderful companies out there like Nourish Snacks that provide you a convenient snack delivery system that is actually founded by a Registered Dietitian! Surely when masterminds like Joy Bauer are behind these brands you’re bound to be putting the right fuel in that body of yours.
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