Healthy Snacking to Support Your Menu Plan


Man Reaching for Healthy Snack

Two hours before lunch at work, you’re stomach growls loudly. Embarrassed, you hope no one notices. While you’re obviously hungry, you don’t allow yourself to eat anything. You desperately desire to drop some pounds. And, like many other people, you believe snacking of any sort will derail your diet plans. If you can relate to this common scenario, you might wish to rethink your dieting strategy. Actually, smart snacking can support your healthy, menu plan.

To many dieters, snacking is a bad word. If you’ve munched on unhealthy foods for years, you might mistakenly only associate the word snack with processed, prepackaged foods such as: 

  • Potato chips
  • Candy bars
  • Cookies
  • Sodas
  • Ice cream 

Fortunately, you have access to many healthy, snacking solutions at your local supermarket. Some waistline friendly options include:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Honey dew
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Grilled chicken breasts
  • Plain Greek yogurt 

Eating a healthy snack when you’re hungry will help keep your metabolism and blood sugar stable. And, you’ll feel more energetic. To keep portions in check, consider prepackaging your snacks before you consume them. For instance, you might want to divide handful sized portions of walnuts into re-sealable bags. While nuts contain filling fiber and heart healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, they are calorie dense. So, you certainly don’t want to mindlessly eat them straight from a can.

If you’re determined to lose weight and keep it off forever, you shouldn’t vow to never eat a snack again. Consuming a healthy snack is a great way to provide your body with the fuel it needs until you eat your next meal. But, don’t turn snacking into a daily habit. And, avoid eating a snack merely to comfort yourself during a stressful time. If you’re stressed out, heading to the gym is a more effective, and figure friendly, way to cope.

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