Everyday around 4 o’clock, I start getting cravings. Sometimes it’s for something sweet, but more often than not, it’s for something salty and crunchy. Tortilla chips or salt and vinegar potato chips are my weakness. To try and snack more healthy, I keep salty peanuts, sunflower seeds and pistachios on hand at all times. To try and replace my tortilla chip cravings, I try and pair fresh crunchy produce and hummus. I also sometimes snack on whole wheat pretzels with peanut butter. Nutritional experts do say that it’s best to snack during the day to prevent overeating at meal time, so long as you snack smart. Here’s 7 smart tips for sensible snacking from The Daily Meal.
Make it a routine: Your daily snack should not only be healthy, but also something you do everyday like brushing your teeth. Making sure you don’t skip your healthy snacks will eventually make you consume less at regular mealtimes, helping you to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Watch the clock: The best time to snack is between 3 and 4pm. That’s when your lunch starts to wear off, and you need a little pick-me-up to get you by until dinner.
Bring it with you. The best way to keep your snacking smart and healthy is to pack it and bring it with you. Pack healthy snacks that you like to eat. This will help you say no to the snickers bars in the office vending machine.
Mix and match. Snacks shouldn’t be just one thing. Try celery and peanut butter or hummus and red pepper strips. Doing this will keep snack time more interesting and satisfying.
Plan ahead. If your going to the market or deli for your afternoon snack, be sure to think about your purchase before you step into the store. Go ahead and decide what your going to get before you put one foot in the door. This sill help you avoid the chips and candies.
Allow yourself a slip. Okay, we’re all human, and we can’t deprive ourselves from every craving forever. It’s okay to give in once in a while. Just be sure to keep your portions small and your choices as healthy as possible.
Question yourself. Ask yourself. “Will this snack keep me satisfied until dinner?” If the answer is no, you will want to choose a more satisfying snack.
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