We live our lives in the fast lane most of the time, and ultimately end up either forgetting to eat, or we eat the wrong things, given we are always in the “go mode”. Revising this tendency can have a positive impact on your results. Most of my clients live such busy lives, that if they are not careful, they are prone to realize it’s 3:00 and they haven’t eaten anything since breakfast. It is so important to eat throughout the day to keep your metabolism at its peak. Stoking the fires of your metabolic engine is all about eating healthy, eating light and eating often. Keep this article somewhere handy so you can use the quick and easy snack ideas I have listed.
You want your snacks to be healthy as well as convenient. Dedicating a few hours on the weekend to smart shopping and strategic panning for the week is actually pretty easy. Fresh produce and healthy snacks will lead you to that new pair of skinny jeans in a smaller size………..faster! Prep your snacks before your work week. Cut up fruits and veggies into individual baggies or containers so it’s quick and easy to grab on your way out the door. Fruits, yogurts, power bars and nuts are all easily portable to keep the snacking “clean” by avoiding the office break room donut pile, goldfish bowl or snack machine.
Snacks that contain protein and fiber will help keep you satisfied longer. These foods take more metabolic energy to digest and leave you feeling “full” and more satisfied. Select snacks that are less than 200 calories. Check out some ideas below…
Healthy Snack Ideas, all under 200 calories…
- Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
- Fresh veggies like bell pepper, cucumber, carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus
- 2 Hard boiled eggs
- Low fat mozzarella string cheese with an apple
- Low fat popcorn
- Rice cake with 1 tablespoon of low fat peanut butter
- Hand full raw Almonds with Grapes
Beat boredom by realizing whether you are truly hungry, or just bored? Boredom can fool you. A good trick is to drink a full glass of water to quench a potential thirst that is disguised as hunger. Or better yet, if you just ate and still think you are hungry because you are sitting in front of the television or stuck in the cubicle; go for a brisk walk. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to register the “I am full” feeling. Give your body the appropriate time to respond to food intake. Learning how to eat based on a hunger scale is a big winner too. Grade your hunger level on a scale of 1-10. Many find it helpful to keep track of hunger by this method. 1 being extremely hungry and 10 being extremely full. The daily life style goal is to keep your hunger within the 4 to 7 range avoiding the extremes of: 1; “I will eat anything and everything in sight” and 10; “If I eat one more bite I am going to explode”. Opt to be in the satisfied range 4-7 throughout the day, which should be the case if you are eating light snacks.
Late night munchies are the sneaky saboteur of your days healthy eating that will derail your progress. Prevent this by eating enough throughout the day and keeping any dangerous temptations out of sight and out of mind. If you don’t own it and store it, you can’t grab for it in a weak moment. Now this may be hard when living with others, but be the role model by promoting healthy items stocked in your fridge, freezer, and pantry.
The key to snacks is to keep it Healthy, Convenient, and Under 200 Calories. Feeding your body the foods that Mother Nature produces are the best kind of snacks. Remember, nutrition is 70% of the equation when related to body composition and weight loss. Snack your way to a sexy body and you will see your results.
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