Don't Be Blinded By the Refrigerator Light

FridgeYou might do well with your meals making them a balance of fruits, vegetables, carbs and meats. However, between meals might be a problem for you. If you are staring at the refrigerator light too long during snack time, it might be time to change your grocery shopping habits.  If you want to make it through the day eating less carbs, fat and salt, stock up on these snack items:

  • Fresh carrots and broccoli
  • Reduced-fat cheese cubes (or sticks)
  • Salad greens or spinach
  • Low-sodium vegetable juice
  • Prepared sugar-free smoothies
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole-grain pita bread
  • Veggie snack rolls or wraps

Some of the above items listed might also need to be eaten in moderation. However, they have healthier fats, more fiber and a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than cookies. Likewise, they are low-carb and low-sodium alternatives for between-meal snacks than chips, donuts or crackers.

You might want to take time to prepare batches of certain snack items. For instance, you can blend up a batch of fruit with yogurt and pack it into reusable drink bottles and store them in the freezer. You could also take certain types of dark greens such as spinach or kale and blend them with other vegetables then freeze them just like you would the fruit smoothie mix.

When planning your snack foods, convenience might also be a factor. For instance, the Metabolic Research Center often recommends that busy people eat six times per day instead of three times. However, most people work at least one job. Therefore, we encourage you to prepare foods you can hold in your hand if you only have a small amount of free time throughout the day.


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