Can snacking be healthy?

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t have cravings from time to time, they happen even to the healthiest of us. Often, when a craving hits in the afternoon or the evening after dinner, we get the urge to snack. Cravings can often be prevented by eating balanced meals throughout the day (read more here and here) but we all know that sometimes no matter how balanced your diet is, you want what you want:

 

Snacking can be problematic because the snacks we choose are often junky, un-nutritious, and high in calories, sugar, or fat.

 

The trick to snacking without it turning into a bad habit is to find healthy alternatives to the regular snacks you might normally reach for.

 

Usually, when we get a craving it is for either something sweet (chocolate!), savoury (potato crisps! – that’s definitely me), creamy (ice cream!), or crunchy (crisps!).

 

Obviously, those are foods you don’t want to eat all the time if you your health is important to you. But that doesn’t mean you have to fight your cravings for the rest of your life. Instead, you just need to substitute.

 

Next time you get a craving for something sweet, why not try:

  • fresh, whole fruit
  • apples and almond butter
  • dried fruit
  • green smoothies
  • banana “ice cream” (peel a banana, freeze, blend in a food processor with nuts, berries or  raisins ,and serve)
  • dates stuffed with nut butter
  • organic dark chocolate chips or carob chips

 

For your savoury cravings, try these healthy alternatives:

  • olives
  • pickles and pickled vegetables, such as carrot, daikon, beets, and lotus root
  • tabouli, hummus
  • steamed vegetables with tamari/shoyu or umeboshi vinegar
  • freshly made salsa or guacamole
  • Sauerkraut (will also knock your sweet craving right out!)
  • salted edamame

 

Your creamy cravings can be met by eating:

  • smoothies
  • avocados
  • rice pudding
  • dips and spreads, like hummus and babaghanoush
  • puréed soups
  • puddings made with silken tofu, avocado, or mashed banana
  • mashed sweet potatoes
  • coconut milk

 

Finally, don‘t cave and reach for the Pringles, when you can eat these crunchy (but still healthy) snacks:

  • apples
  • frozen grapes
  • rice cakes
  • light popcorn or plain popcorn (use coconut oil to pop in a covered pan)
  • carrots (particularly the sweet, organic baby carrots)
  • celery and nut butter
  • raw, unsalted nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts

 

Don’t fight your craving. Instead, listen to what it is your body wants specifically and choose the healthier option that will be good to your waistline.

 

I would also encourage you to find the balanced diet that works for you so you will reduce cravings and the need for snacking naturally. Let’s hop on the phone for a complimentary strategy session and will work out what that might be for you. It’s simple – I ask you a lot of questions and come up with solutions and recommendations, so you don’t have to do anything:) I only have a few calls available every week so make sure you schedule your today. I cant wait to connect with you. Schedule your call here: www.fiminska.com/apply

 

Lots of love

 

Jo

 

 

 

 

 

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