Everyone knows that snacking can undo an otherwise healthy diet. Most people do not stick with just three meals a day, so snacking is a regular part of life. This is actually a good thing since eating every few hours helps to stabilize your blood sugar level so you do not get insulin spikes that can have adverse effects on your overall health. But what constitutes a snack? Better yet—what constitutes a healthy snack? Here are some easy ways to keep your snacks guilt free:
- Plan your snacks. The biggest problem with snacks is that you are already at the hunger or starving point by the time you decide to have a snack. When this happens, you will reach for just about anything in sight in order to quickly satisfy those hard-to-ignore hunger pangs. But if you already have some healthy options on hand like fruit, cut up vegetables, nuts or a hardboiled egg, what you will grab are healthy, nutritious snacks that will leave you satisfied until your next meal.
- Keep the bad stuff away. Even if you have all the healthy stuff right in front of you, you will probably still be very tempted to go for the bad stuff. Eliminating it from your life (and your pantry) will mean the only option you have for a snack is a healthy one.
- Try healthier alternatives. So you constantly crave something crunchy, salty, sweet or sour. Why not find healthy options for these cravings? Want something crunchy—try kale chips. Want something sweet—eat an apple with some almond butter on it. There are better and healthier alternatives for just about any food you crave. And if you have trouble finding one, go online and find a healthy recipe that you can make yourself. You will get the satisfaction of creating something yourself and controlling a craving the healthy way.
You eat right, you exercise and you take good care of yourself so why undo all that hard work by blowing it on unhealthy snacks? You do not have to spend a ton of money, spend hours of planning or deprive yourself from enjoying food in the form of snacks. Be mindful of what you eat as it relates to your overall health and well-being. When you do that, you are sure to make healthier options when snack time rolls around.