Finding food to eat when you’re hungry can be difficult when you’re trying to eat healthy. Having the time to prepare snacks is most of the battle. To eat healthy, is to eat fresh. Freshness doesn’t come out of a box or package. Granted, those are the easiest and quickest foods to munch on. Just being able to grab a bag of chips would be the ideal amount of time we would want to spend on preparing a snack. However, you are not going to even get close to your weight loss goals if you’re grabbing a bag of chips on your way out the door.
Pre-make Your Snacks
When you’re shopping for healthy snacks to eat that will help you lose weight, always start by picking fruits like green apples, strawberries, plums, blueberries, and vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, edamame, and cucumbers.
My suggestion is to pre-make them, so you always have them available. What I do is every Sunday is I slice the apples, cut the strawberries, separate the blueberries, and wash the plums, then put them in a Ziploc bag so they’re ready to go! The same thing with the veggies, I make small portions of broccoli, sliced bell peppers, celery and mix them together and toss them in little Ziploc bags so they’re ready to eat. Now, everyday when it’s time to snack, I just grab a little bag of fruits or veggies to satisfy my hunger without any complication.
Get little Tupperware containers to scoop some Greek yogurt and top it off with fresh cut strawberries or blueberries. Also, divide almonds and dried cranberries in separate bags to last you the week. With all of these snack choices, you will have no problem reaching in the fridge for a fast, delicious hunger blaster!
Remember when you’re dividing these snacks up, that they are just snacks to be consumed between your three other meals. Portion control is key in order to get the best results. It’s easier to judge your portions when you use the smallest Ziploc bag your grocery store sells. By using the larger bags or even the sandwich bags, your brain may think it’s ok to fill it more than you need to for your diet. Keep in mind that although these snacks are healthy, you should never over eat them.
Snacks on the Go
As humans, we are forgetful creatures, it happens. Sometimes we are in such a rush running out the door, we forget our snacks. No big deal, I’ve put together a great list of munchies you can get from stores quick and easy and are great for healthy eating.
Protein Shake – When you’re feeling like you need an afternoon snack, stop in a local fitness center, farmer’s market, health food store, etc. Most will be happy to whip you up a quick shake for on the go. A great fat blaster is one with blueberries, bananas, a hint of honey and a scoop of Greek yogurt with some protein powder in order to satisfy your hunger and keep you full longer.
Deli Snacks – Go into your supermarket and get a few slices of lean meat such as turkey, chicken, or ham (ham would be my last choice). Also get a couple slices of low-fat mozzarella. Roll the two simple ingredients together to get a little roll-up snack!
Grocery Store Randoms – I really couldn’t think of a category to put these foods in, but I certainly didn’t want to leave them out! Get a single serving of hummus with multi-gran pita bread. This is a great snack that keeps you full up until your next meal. Also reach for some fat-free cottage cheese. I love to put cottage cheese over some strawberries or blueberries.
Try to do the snacks with the most carbs in the morning or early afternoon, avoid snacks high in carbohydrates at night. Remember these ideas are great for when you forget your snacks at home, but the best and easiest way to stick to your diet is to always have your prepared snacks with you.