Barbara Masters

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Snack Time

Posted by [email protected] on April 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Rethink your Snack Ideas 

Find yourself hungry in the middle of the day? Have no time to cook? Well step away from the vending machine. Even their so called “Healthy Options” are far from the best thing you can be putting into your body. The best thing to think before making it a snack is: “Does this have a shelf life of over a week?” If the answer is yes, pass it by. Now I know that his can be hard at first, so slowly make changes.

Really craving pizza and soda? No problem, grab a sparkling water for that carbonation and then one slice of pizza instead of two or three. Add in a salad and a piece of fruit. You still have saved yourself almost half of those calories. Just remember it’s ok to indulge from time to time, but not all the time and only on a smaller potion. Just enough to help you enjoy the flavor, most of the time is ½ or less of your normal potion, if you eat slowly to savor the flavor.

Are you eyeing those chips and dip? Well grab carrots and hummus or bake some fresh chips and have bean dip. Pita or tortillas make great baked chips. Got a few extra mins, make your dip from scratch. It will have less preservatives and less sodium. While using canned beans, you can have a healthy and delicious dip in under 5 mins

Make something unique that will capture other’s attention. Cut up some fruit and simply make some kabobs. Frozen green grapes in the summer was a fave growing up in my home. Slice some mangoes into large chunks, freeze on a stick for another frozen treat.

It takes up to 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full. By simply eating slower you will eat less. Try eating finger foods with a fork and knife, setting them down between bites. Take a moment to really savor the flavor of the food as your chew it.

Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You can still snack and not lose sight on your goals. You just have to be a little smarter about what and when you snack.


Categories: Food and Recipes, Health

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