Snacking seems to be everyone’s downfall when it comes to eating healthy. My urge to snack has honestly decreased significantly since I cut added sugar out of my diet. When I eat more healthy, satisfying foods and my blood sugar is stable I just don’t have as many cravings. However, many people, including myself at times, stress eat. In those moments it’s so hard to eat just a couple chips. If you’re anything like me, one quickly turns into the whole bag.
Portion control and slow eating are your friend when it comes to snacking. Choose healthy snacks that are easy to portion out and stick to that portion. If the snack isn’t pre-portioned, do it yourself ahead of time. Goldfish crackers aren’t the worst thing ever, but eating half the bag is not good for you. Put a handful in a small container and eat them one by one. You’ll still kill your snacking urge, but you won’t mindlessly shovel the whole bag into your mouth in a single sitting. Take your time eating. Savor the snack. If you eat too quickly, you won’t give your body enough time to process what you’re doing and it will take a lot more food to feel full.
Meal prep snacks on a Sunday evening for the week. If you like to snack at work, pack them in small containers for the week. Also have a few set aside for when you’re chillin at home at night after work. Not sure what it is about Netflix, but it seems to queue my urge to snack. I just grab something easy and healthy that I already have set aside so I don’t even have to think about it.
Here are my favorite snacks:
+Apple slices and organic natural peanut butter
+A plain rice cake with 1 spoon of organic peanut butter and frozen blueberries on top
+A plain rice cake with some no-added-sugar marinara sauce (or homemade) and shredded mozzarella
+Plain popcorn with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder OR SkinnyPop brand popcorn in the white cheddar or sea salt & black pepper flavors. They used to have a jalapeno flavor that was amazing but I can’t seem to find it anymore.
+A serving of no-added-sugar crackers (like Good Thins corn crackers) and some sliced cheese
+A slice of no-added-sugar bread with mashed avocado and everything bagel seasoning (or just salt & pepper)
+A mozzarella stick & small handful of plain, self-salted nuts or seeds like baked pumpkin or sunflower seeds
+Veggies like carrot sticks, sliced bell peppers, or cucumber slices with one of the following:
-hummus, laughing cow cheese triangle, or greek yogurt dip (greek yogurt, blue cheese crumbles, and a dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and a splash of olive oil)
+Homemade potato or sweet potato chips
+A handful of olives
+A handful of berries or snackable fruit like grapes or melon chunks
+A single serving of no-sugar-added corn tortilla chips with salsa (make sure the salsa does not have added sugar)
+Homemade oatmeal bars- combine 1 cup peanut butter , 1/2 of 1 banana (mashed), 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup raspberries, and a dash of salt. Put a piece of waz paper on a cookie sheet (saves on cleanup). Mold the dough into rounds, so they look like cookies, and place them on the baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 mins. Will keep in fridge for up to 4 days.
Feel free to drop any healthy snacks you love in the comments. I’m always looking for fresh ideas to cure my snack cravings when they strike.