Snacking… Many people do it. Some people have their snacking habit under control. Most do not.
These five snacking strategies will help you decide if you are hungry and what you should eat.
Drink water first
Ask yourself, are you really hungry? A majority of the time we snack because we are bored, sad, happy, or thirsty. Rarely do I go on a snacking binge when I am hungry. Before you reach for those crackers, drink a glass of water. This will hydrate you and reset your hunger signals. If you are still hungry after the glass of water, then you can grab something healthy.
Eat a vegetable
Other than drinking water, this is my favorite way to tell if I am snacking for hunger. Eat a carrot. If you are not willing to eat a vegetable, you are not hungry. When you are truly hungry, you will eat anything. If your gut reaction is, ‘that doesn’t sound good,’ then you are just craving a taste and not actually hungry. Do something active instead to get your mind off food.
Reach for protein
If you are going to snack, make sure it is worth it. Your snacks should include a good amount of protein and fiber. These snacks will keep you fuller longer and help you maintain a lean body mass.
Avoid mindless eating
I am guilty of this. You are guilty of this. Everyone eats mindlessly at least once a month, if not everyday. Maybe you feel the need to snack every time you watch a movie. Instead of Netflix and chill, you Netflix and eat. Perhaps you reach for the free chips and salsa, popcorn, or pretzels at a bar when you only went there to drink. Alone and in social situations we all tend to eat because… why not? That needs to stop if you want to get your weight in check. Those “just a bite” calories add up!
Prepping healthy snacks is the best way to ensure that when you are hungry and want to snack, you will eat something healthy.