Be Prepared to Set Yourself up for Success

KeysThe old saying "failing to plan is planning to fail" applies not just to business ventures but your diet as well. You'll want to plan your meals and especially your snacks in advance so you don't fall for the temptation to grab a bag of chips, a pack of cookies or a quart of ice cream when watching TV or browsing the internet.

There are plenty of healthy, low fat snacks that require little or no preparation aside from shopping for snacks in advance and storing the snacks where they are easily accessible. Cut vegetable sticks with a low-fat dip make a great evening snack, as does a piece of fruit or fruit salad. A low fat plain yogurt with no sugar added makes for a great snack, either on its own or with homemade granola.

If you enjoy substantial snacks in between meals, consider preparing them in advance and keeping them in a handy place in the refrigerator or freezer. Options include low-fat chicken or turkey breast with whole wheat bread or crackers, canned tuna, low fat cheese and tortillas. Prepare snacks in bulk to save time and then separate them into portions so you aren't tempted to eat more than you should.

Be sure to also tank up on water throughout the day. It is not uncommon to feel hungry when you are actually thirsty, so start with a cup or two of water before digging into a snack. Water has no calories, re-hydrates your system, helps your body eliminate waste and more.

Drawing up a snack plan can help you avoid buying commercial snacks with little or no nutritional value. It may take some time and work to create healthy snacks but the results are more than worth the effort.



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