Snacking can be a part of your healthy diet plan. One of the biggest battles youll face is not getting your workouts in, BUT avoiding all those cravings that sneak up on you and whittle you down till youre sitting in a drive-thru line up or hunting for vending machine change. So its important to plan ahead. You will constantly hear me talk about planning ahead as its a crucial component in reaching your goal. It’s easier to deliver from temptation when you have your snacks prepared in front of you.
You will slip up but get back on that horse and if you feel really guilty, work it off! Do the stairs in your house 10 times or 25 jumping jacks, sit ups or squats be creative!
Also, be creative in finding healthy snacks you can keep on you at all times. Stock your desk at work, your glove compartment, your bag/purse. Find snacks that you enjoy and really watch your portion control. Nuts are healthy, but not if you eat handful after handful. Pay careful attention to the nutritional breakdown and follow it. If a handful of nuts are 150 calories, dont consume 4-5 handfuls this will just pack on unnecessary calories. Mix it up as well.veggies and hummus one day, a low fat cheese and salsa quesadilla the next day. And keep a full bottle of water on you at all times. Quite often we mistake dehydration for hunger cravings.
Shopping smart is the key. Give yourself lots of times to look at what the store offers. Also, read labels and let your imagination create a healthy diet plan JUST for you. Quite often we forget about foods we like that can act as healthy snack solutions. Plain low fat yogurt and bananas are one of my favorites snacks. Its low in calories and very nutritious.
Another tip, popcorn from an air popper. It takes a second to make and its filling and tastes great. Sprinkle a little salt and a touch of butter to complete it and voila! Whole wheat tortilla chips and salsa is another goody. Of course you will have to watch how many chips you put into your bowl, but snacks are not supposed to be meals. This is just something to tide you over till you eat again. Dont forget, you dont have to eat till youre full. I often give myself 10-20 mins after a small portion of food to let myself feel satiated.