Many of you may know I have made the decision to take control of my health by losing weight.
I had to take a break from my daily walking routine due to a minor injury.
But continuing to eat healthy is something I can do.
Even though I still enjoy chocolate ice cream, I’ve cut out sodas and I drink more water.
But how many of you who are also trying to eat healthier struggle with finding a healthy snack?
It can be tempting to reach for something sugary instead of something good for you.
There’s so much temptation, snacking has a bad rap.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are some healthy snack hacks to give you some energy in the middle of the day and keep you from overeating at mealtime.
First and foremost: avoid junkfood.
If you have to keep sugary snacks in your home, put them where they are hard to see or reach.
Don’t spend money on prepackaged snacks.
Buy healthy choices in bulk and divide out portions yourself at home.
This will keep you from eating too much at one time.
It also allows you to tailor your snacks to your specific health needs like substituting unsalted nuts in homemade trail mix.
Give your raw veggies a kick with healthy dips or spreads like hummus or tzatziki.
And try to vary your vegetables to include green, red and orange options.
Bring your ready to eat snacks with you so you have power over your snack choices.
Stock up on whole fruits like bananas, apples and oranges.
They are easy to go into a bag and provide natural sugars rather than the processed kind.
And give yourself a nutrient blast by combining food groups: yogurt and berries, apples and peanut butter or whole-grain crackers with turkey and avocado.