It happens to all of us right? After lunch, late at night, it can happen often! We get a craving for a snack. If we are out and about it’s easy to grab something quick but not always a healthy choice. I’m going to go over some tips to avoid grabbing those not so healthy craving snacks and to keep you on a healthy track!
1.) Don’t buy it: DO NOT BUY JUNK!! This is the number one way to avoid eating junk foods and sugary snacks that have us craving more. Instead buy a bag of apples, oranges, a bunch of bananas. Reach for those things when you are hungry.
2.) Don’t limit yourself: If your hungry and you would really like some bananas don’t trick yourself into thinking that you can only have one banana a day, have a few, slice them up and put them in a bowl with some almond butter or peanut butter. When I say don’t limit I mean produce, I don’t mean processed foods. Bananas are one of those fruits that are very inexpensive and great for your body so if that’s going to fill your craving then have as much as you need! If you want to eat an entire carton of raspberries then do that! Many people would say “that’s way too expensive you shouldn’t do that” but if we think about it a coffee and a pastry can run more than $5 at some places where as a carton of berries can be anywhere from $3-$5. The cost is relatively the same but the benefits are incomparable.
3.) Have healthy snacks on hand: Maybe my pregnancy taught this but I’ve learned that it’s much easier to stay healthy when you have snacks on hand all the time. I like to have a lunchbox with me in my car full of bananas apples oranges figs and even trail mix. This way if your hungry it’s easier to grab some healthy snacks from your car or lunch box then run through that drive-through and get that coffee and donut.
4.) Be creative, try something new: Try a smoothie, there are SO MANY recipes and healthy snack ideas!! Create your own snack using healthy ingredients you love! I love to experiment with different snack ideas and find something I love!!
5.) Don’t be fooled: Many companies make processed foods claiming to be “healthy” and “natural.” Don’t fall for this nonsense. Many dieting companies make snack bars claiming to be under a certain amount of calories, but they are filled with preservatives and chemicals. Even if these snacks are lower in calories than produce that you love, it’s still not healthier. You are much better off snacking on a piece of fruit. These fake “healthy alternatives” actually make you crave sugary processed foods more, so they are the opposite of what you want.
6.) Prepare Food Ahead of Time: Take a little time in the kitchen maybe when youre making another meal and prepare some snacks for another time. Slice some fruit for layer, maybe a pineapple, watermelon. Cut up some vegetables to eat with some hummus. The more preparation you do, the more likely you are to make good choices.
I hope these tips help! Below are some of my favorite snack ideas!!
Assorted fruits and veggies
Multi grain toast with almond butter and a side of fruit
Avocado slices with red pepper hummus
Sliced bananas with raspberries and dates
Banans almond butter and dates
Fresh fruit and veggie juice
fresh homemade avocado tomato salsa
What kind of healthy snacks do you like? Share your ideas I would love to hear them!!