Smart Snacking Tips and Tricks

Yup, we’re a nation of snackers.  In fact, a recent study showed we eat 25% of our daily calories from snacks.  Here’s how to do it smartly.

Control your House!

The Frito-Lay guy doesn’t make regular deliveries to your condo (at least I hope not).  Keep healthy snacks only inside your castle.  You control the contents of your kitchen.  Act like it.

Think ahead!

The number one most important tip to eating healthy is thinking ahead. Keep healthy snacks on hand in the house and when you’re out and about. I keep energy bars in my car (I like USANA Peanut Butter Crunch) and grab one when the stomach rumbles.

Go nuts for, um, nuts.

A handful of nuts (any kind) will satisfy your hungry and keep you feeling full until the dinner bell rings.

Trail of Gorp.

I don’t have the foggiest why my family calls a mixture of raisins, peanuts, and M&M’s, Gorp. But, by any name, a mix of nuts, some sweetness, and dried fruit is a healthy, filling snack. Find a mix you like (go easy on the M&M’s) and keep it handy. Call it whatever the hell you want. (Women’s Health guide to making trail mix)

Open your mind

What I snack on the most around the house is turkey cold cuts. By itself not typically considered a snack. But wrapped around some cheese and spinach and dipped in olive oil it is an excellent tide me over. Rethink your snacks. In the right proportions, everything can be a snack.

You forgot to plan ahead?  Remember my Convenience Store Cheat Sheet:

                 Eat Me

  • Fruit- Holy crap the gas station has fruit?  And it’s ripe?  Are you sure this is a gas station?  Grab it and run.
  • Beef Jerky- Kinda salty but high in protein and low in carbs.
  • Nuts & Trail Mix– See above.
  • Energy bar– Check for sugar content. Still a decent choice for a Kwik-E-Mart.

                Don’t Eat Me

  • Pretty much everything else– Sadly.  But the place is full of treats!
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