So, you made healthy food choices for breakfast and lunch. Good for you! But now it is 3 p.m., lunch is a distant memory, and your stomach will not stop growling. The vending machine outside of your office is calling to you again–that familiar, siren song–but you know the vending machine snacks are not the most healthy, or nutritious. You are helpless to resist the appeal (and convenience) of the quick, not-so-good-for-you snack. Right? Not so fast…
PCRMC Registered/Licensed Dietitians, Cheryl Abrams and Courtney Heine, share some of the following ideas to help you stay on-track with your healthy eating plan:
- Plan ahead. Keep a variety of nutritious, ready-to-eat options at your desk, such as fruits, pre-cut veggies, granola bars, and nuts and seeds.
- Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals or eating a carbohydrate-heavy diet can contribute to cravings and overeating later in the day.
- Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Eating 6 small meals during the day and balancing your carbohydrate and protein intake can help with satiety.
- Get up and move. Don’t eat unless you are truly hungry. Moving around can help combat cravings caused from boredom, fatigue or stress.
- Watch portions. A snack is supposed to be around 200 calories, for example 1/4 cup dried blueberries and 12 pistachios. Pre-portioned servings will help you from overeating.
Abrams and Heine also suggest snacking-smart on protein smoothies, yogurt parfaits, cheese cubes and whole-wheat crackers. The key to success is preparation. Take that vending machine!
For more healthy snacking ideas, please visit http://www.eatright.org/.