Become the Smartest Snacker in the World

snackOne of the biggest challenges to eating healthy is what to eat when you’re on the go. Snacking can be the killer to any diet if you’re picking up something full of sugar and calories when you’re hungry and out on the town. So, how can you make healthier snack choices? Here are a few tips to make your snacking healthier.

Is Snacking Good for You?

The answer to this one is a resounding YES! Snacking can actually help you to keep down your overall calories eaten throughout the day since it might just help you to curb your appetite for your next meal. But this is why it’s important to make good snack choices. People normally grab what is fast and easy, like chips or a candy bar, but these aren’t snacks that help to keep your calories down or keep your appetite in check. Making good snack choices is the only way to use snacking to its full advantage.

The Right Way to Snack

In order to snack right you have to first know how to snack the wrong way. The wrong way is anything that involves sugary items such as candy and soda. You should try to look for foods that will help you to feel fuller longer. This usually means a healthy dose of protein or complex carbs such as yogurt, whole grain toast with a bit of peanut butter or a piece of fruit.

Grazing vs. Snacking

Make sure that when you’re snacking you are not grazing. What is the difference? Well, grazing is mindless eating and is often the peril of many snackers. You might start with just a handful of crackers and then, before you know it, you’ve eaten the whole box without even realizing it. This isn’t good for you or your waistline. To avoid grazing:

  • Use a small plate for your snack. When the plate is empty, your snack is done.
  • Don’t eat in front of a computer or television; this will help you to be mindful of what you’re eating.
  • Limit snacks to a single serving.
  • Plan your snacks ahead of time. This way you know what you’re eating and what it means to your calories for the rest of the day.

Snacking is a tool. It will help you from being ravenous at every meal and may just keep you from overeating. But, just as with any other tool, it has to be used the right way. The key is to be aware of what you’re snacking on and how much of it you’re having. If you start there, you’re on the right track!

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