Snacks have always been my downfall. I hit 2:30 pm and have to resist the urge to start mindlessly working my way through a bag of chips or several cookies. I believe the key to snacking and feeling full is not to skip the snack all together but to choose your snacks wisely. What makes a good snack you may ask? I think a good snack is one that will keep you full between meals and is also delicious. In the past most of my snacks were things like granola bars or chips and salsa, which you eat and then 20 minutes later you are hungry again. Since I have been trying to lead a healthier life and lose some pounds, with the help of Weight Watchers I have learned the importance of fruits and vegetables. I know that we’ve all heard a thousand times to eat your fruits and vegetables but most of us aren’t eating them like we should be. I have always viewed myself as a healthy eater but I realized when I was hungry and in need of a snack I wasn’t reaching for fresh fruit or vegetables, I was reaching for carbs. I love carbs as much as the next girl, but my high carb snacks were just giving me empty calories due to their low amount of fiber and I found myself eating more because I wasn’t feeling full.
The solution? Try snacking on your favorite fruits and vegetables whenever the cravings hit. Here are some of my favorites:
Berries – I could eat berries all day; they are sweet which helps satisfy your sweet cravings, they are also high in fiber which makes them a sweet snack that’s actually filling! As an added bonus they are 0 points for those who follow Weight Watchers; even if you don’t it’s helpful to know which foods are basically “free” foods that you can snack on without guilt.
Carrots – I don’t know how anyone can dislike carrots; they’re sweet, crunchy and a great food for snacking. I usually eat mine just plain since I love them so much but if you need something more to get you into eating vegetables try them with hummus or a low fat dip. Buy baby carrots for easier snacking, so you don’t have to waste time peeling.
Peaches, nectarines, apples etc. – whatever fruits you love, peel or chop them ahead of time and put them in Tupperware in the fridge for some easy snacking whenever you’re hungry. It will save time and prevent you from taking the easy way out and grabbing that bag of chips that are sitting on the counter.
It’s not easy to turn down those sweet or salty snacks that are calling to you from the cupboard every afternoon but grabbing a bowl of fruit with some Splenda sprinkled on top instead can be a first step towards a healthier you!