Eating three healthy meals a day is good but sometimes it’s just not enough. What about those moments when your tummy is growling or you feel your energy levels dipping rapidly. Here’s where smart snacking
comes to the rescue. The trick is to know how to go about it in such a way that you manage your weight, eat healthy, load up on nutrition
and get the best out of your diet.
Food is fuel, after all. So follow these 7 simple smart snacking tips
and you’ll do just fine:
- WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET: If you keep a bag of chips in front of you, chances are, you’re gonna reach for it sometime soon. Place a bowl of healthy fresh fruit or assorted dried fruit and nuts instead.
- RATION, DON’T RATIONALIZE: Eating things that are supposedly ‘low fat’ or ‘reduced fat’ doesn’t mean you can eat more of them. We tend to justify larger portions of things we rationalize are ‘healthy’ without realizing that eating a bigger quantity renders them unhealthy.
- ESCAPE THE SLUMP: Post lunch blues can hit the best of us, but they’re easy to avoid if you simply choose a small serving of mixed nuts that’ll also give you loads of heart-healthy fiber.
- MIND THE GAP: Waiting too long before eating can trigger over-eating, according to nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge, make it harder to burn calories and then set off cravings through the day. Don’t wait too long between meals.
- USE TABLEWARE: Eating snacks out of the bag or box makes it harder to track quantities, so use a small bowl or a little plate so you know beforehand that you’re not going to exceed the recommended portion size.
- DRINK UP: We often tend to mistake thirst for hunger so stay hydrated and you’d be surprised how just having a glass of water instead of a snack can take the edge off. Of course, if you still feel hungry after 20 minutes, that’s your cue to nibble something solid.
- PACE YOURSELF: Taking a small bite and slowly savoring what you’re eating, truly allowing your taste buds to experience the flavors in your mouth and the aroma of the food is an exercise in mindfulness that’ll do you a world of good in the long run. A small portion of something enjoyable is more satisfying that a whole bunch of blindly swallowed things you do not even taste.