“What can I snack on” is one of those questions I get asked a lot.
Snacking is not all bad, if you put some thought into it and actually plan it.
You also need to be mindful about the fine line between waiting too long between meals and snacking all day to curb your hunger. Waiting too long can cause you to overeat during your mealtimes because you’re ravenous – and grazing all day can lead to mindless or habitual eating that could cause overeating, especially when you’re still eating full meals at meal times.
The fine line – the sweet spot – is figuring out your unique way of snacking smart and being prepared.
Here are three steps to get you there…
- Hunger vs. Habit. Check in with yourself and notice if you are reaching for a snack out of actual hunger or habit. Do you reach for a snack because it’s 3 PM and you’re bored? If it’s boredom you’re trying to feed rather than hunger – take a 10-minute break, and get out of the office if you can.
- Fill the gaps with snacks. Since a large part of the population finds it difficult to fit in all of their fruits and veggies each day, use snack times to fill those gaps. Snack on fresh fruit, celery/carrots with hummus or nut butter, or some kale chips! I also like to keep a jar of miso paste to hand so that I can just add some hot water and enjoy a cup of soup.
- Preparation. Once you experiment and find your favorite healthy snacks, keep them within reach. Have a snack stored in your desk, car, purse, and gym bag so that you are never without a healthy snack when you need it. If at all possible, making your snacks feel more like a treat may help you enjoy them even more. Enjoy your snack on a plate or in a bowl to slow down and eat more mindfully.
Snack tip: Having a tall glass of water when you feel the urge to snack will help keep you hydrated throughout the day. Dehydration can cause you to crave unhealthy foods and to feel hungry when you’re just thirsty. So keep your hydration levels up and you’ll be feeling great in no time!
Makes 8-12 bars or balls
¾ cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pitted and chopped dates, soaked for 15 minutes or more
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon honey
Sea salt to taste
¼ cup raisins
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
MIX THE INGREDIENTS. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until well incorporated. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and begin to form the mixture into small balls. You can eat them right away or store them in the refrigerator or freezer and consume at a later date.