We all need to eat healthier. A great way to eat healthier is to replace junk food in your diet with healthy alternatives. Here are some tips for the best way to do this between meals.
Eat between meals.
Yes, you read that correctly. We believe you should eat every three hours or so to avoid severe hunger that leads to low blood sugar and overeating. Permission to SNACK!
Snack on fiber-rich produce plus protein.
When snack time does roll around, treat yourself right with a satisfying mini-feast of fruit or vegetables plus protein. Have a handful of cherry tomatoes plus a piece of low-fat string cheese in the morning instead of a muffin. Try apple slices with peanut butter or a few slices of chicken or turkey on a slice of whole-wheat bread in the afternoon. Target your morning snack to be about 150 calories. You can also have a serving of whole grains such as a slice of Whole-wheat bread, instead of the protein or in place of fruit for an afternoon snack.
Good protein choices include one hard-boiled egg, 1 tablespoon of Peanut Butter, ½ ounce nuts (such as 12 almonds, 8 cashews, 8 pecan halves, 26 shelled pistachios, or 6 walnut halves), 2 slices of roasted chicken (about a quarter of a breast), and ½ cup yogurt.
Easy vegetable choices include cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, and chopped broccoli.
Fruit choices include a piece of any whole fresh fruit of ½ cup chopped or sliced fruit.
Plan for a treat
Strive for balance on a big day out, such as at an amusement park or fair. You don’t want to drive home regretting what you ate, but you also don’t want to spend your special outing feeling deprived while everyone else slurps their lemonade and tosses back handfuls of kettle corn. Your smart strategy: In advance, decide on one moderate-calorie treat per day.
Take your own snacks.
Head off a moment of hungry weakness by packing ready-to-eat vegetables, fruits (in a protective plastics container), a zipper-sea bag containing nuts or a handful of whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese, of half of a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat.
Invest in a water-bottle carrier
These slings allow you to easily carry a bottle of water. Having water with you at all times will help you resist sodas and other sweetened drinks and keep you hydrated. Often, when we think we’re hungry between meals, we’re actually thirsty.
Keep and emergency snack in your purse or car
A healthy cereal bar – look for one with less than 200 calories and at least 3 grams of fiber – could help you avoid overeating or choosing high-calorie snacks if you find yourself away from home from longer than you expected.
Use snacks to fill nutritional gaps
If you notice sometimes after lunch that you have not eating much fruit, for example, or have not had any dairy products, plan your next snack to strategically fill the gap.
Sit down when you snack
Put your snack on a plate or in a bowl and sit at a table to eat it. Have a glass of water or a cup of tea at the same time. The will make this “mini-meal” last longer and feel more substantial.
Say no to vending machines
For the rest of your life. Convince yourself that bags of salty, greasy snacks and bars of sugary processed candy have not place in your life. After a month or two of successful avoidance, you’ll forget that stuff ever appeals to you.
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones that now have vending machines including healthier options. With this availability just make sure you are sticking with the healthier options available.
So what do you think? Really not that hard as long as you plan head and keep your goal in mind!
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