My Top Tips to Mindful Snacking
Let's be real. Sometimes 3.30pm hits and you just need a snack. Snacking isn't all bad, but often when we want a snack, we are desperate for food as our blood sugar has dropped and we are on the verge of hangry... we choose the wrong damn foods! Trust me, hangry is a thing.
Firstly, before you go all in on the snacks, set yourself up to succeed nutritionally:
- Meal Prep. Plan your meals, make them and take them with you on your busy days. You're far less likely to 'snack' or grab sugary/salty/processed store-bought snack foods if you're full from your proper meals.
- 'Crowd out'. Eat the good stuff first - eat your greens and veggies. Do you still want a snack if you eat a small green salad dressed with lemon and olive oil? Sometimes it hits the spot.
- Hydrate. Often when we're dehydrated we grab snacks and stuff em in real quick. What if you grabbed a tall glass of water and chugged it first? Try it.
- When you find yourself genuinely hungry for snack time - my same rules apply - eat REAL food. Never reach for the packaged, processed or highly sugary treats. Pack your snacks too, or keep a little stash of good stuff at the office or where you do life.
- If you are snacking, take small bites, chew slowly and breathe deeply in between mouthfuls. If you find yourself chowing down like a hungry bear and going ALL IN - your body probably needs a particular macronutrient and you might need a bigger meal. Know the difference.
Here's your redeemer. You CAN totally enjoy a (healthy) snack here and there. Whoop Whoop.
My only disclaimer is to stay aware of your overall macro and calorie intake. This is best to track in an app or diary format so you know what you're eating, otherwise you can easily blow out on your goals because the calories in snacks can add up!
All that to say, here is a list of some of my fave snacks for when I need a little sumthin':
- Sugar-free gummies. One of my recipes here.
- Cucumber spears and hummus
- Carrot spears and almond butter
- Organic, grass-fed cheese
- Kale or seaweed chips (no salt)
- Avocado on brown rice cakes
- Vegetable soup (make yourself or check ingredients. Go organic!)
- Miso Soup
- Frozen berries
- Ground turkey in romaine leaves
- Green salad mix with lemon and EVOO
- Unsalted Nuts (opt for organic if you can)
- Protein powder in greek yoghurt
- Boiled eggs
- Plain popcorn (you can add liquid aminos and nutritional yeast for taste)
- Canned tuna (sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast)
- Organic cottage cheese with celery
- Spoonful of coconut oil (mix with cacao powder for chocolatey yumminess)
- Ruby red grapefruit with cinnamon
- Dried fruit
- 'Vitamin' water beverages
- Greasy salty chips
I hope you got some value out of this post. If you have a comment, question or any feedback, I would love to hear from you. Email me at hunterandsoulnyc(@)gmail.com and be sure to follow me on Instagram @tashahunter.