to satisfy your cravings.
When you’re busy, on the go, or just looking to munch on something, grabbing a bag of chips or a few cookies is easier than making a healthier choice requiring some prep work. But, if you plan for those moments when you know you’ll be hungry or likely to have a craving, you can snack on healthy foods that are satisfying, quick, and help you feel better.
Here are a few smarter snack ideas that only take a few minutes to prepare and store in snack-size baggies or to-go containers.
But first, remember to snack without adding pounds.
Snacking won’t make you gain weight unless you overeat. Watch overall portions and daily nutrition.
And, make sure to eat balanced snacks.
Make sure to mix up the types of snacks you eat. Balance nutrients, just as you do with meals. Combine carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants when creating a snack.
If you’re craving chips and dip:
If you’re craving something salty or savory:
Keep snacks small.
The goal of a snack is to hold you over until your next meal. To avoid overeating, measure portions and serve your snack on a smaller plate instead of eating right out of the bag. That way, you won’t be stuffed at your next meal.
Stop and snack.
Instead of mindlessly snacking while working or watching TV, stop and focus on what you are eating.
Snack on the go.
It’s easy to plan for healthy snacks at home but is harder on the road or when running errands. If you think you’ll get hungry while out, take one of these balanced snacks. You can always bring a cooler or lunch bag to keep it cool. But if you forget, gas stations, vending machines, and even fast-food restaurants have plenty of healthy options. Use our guidelines below.
Posted date: May 22, 2023