7 Tips For Sensible Snacking
(NC)—If you have a busy schedule, it's even more important to choose healthier snacks that give you the fuel you need to keep going between meals. Remember to watch those portions and try to include fresh fruit and vegetables as often as you can.
1. Always compare labels. When you're buying snack foods, read nutrition labels so you can compare fat, calories and sodium content. You may be surprised how the nutritional content of similar snacks can vary from brand to brand.
2. Control those portions. Minimize the risk of overeating by removing a sensible portion of tasty snacks like the new PC Blue Menu Sea Salt Cannellini Bean Crisps from the package and put the rest away.
3. Location is everything. If you tend to snack mindlessly in front of the TV or computer, change your snacking to a location without any distraction so you'll be aware of how much you're actually eating.
4. Ask yourself why. Are you really hungry or are you just looking for a way to alleviate boredom or stress? If so, stay out of the kitchen and try to distract yourself with another activity.
5. Take it on the go. “Pack wholesome snacks like low fat granolas, which can be enjoyed like a trail mix,” suggest Tina Stewart, registered dietitian, product development Loblaw Companies Limited. “With these handy snacks in your car, at work or in your bag, you won't have to rely on the drive-thru or vending machines when hunger hits.”
6. Give into cravings. Whether pizza is your weakness or you just can't resist dessert, indulge yourself now and then with sensible choices.
7. Don't deny yourself. Your goal may be to cut back on calories, but if you deprive yourself of snacks you're more likely to overeat at meals. Eat when you're hungry but remember the helpful tips above so you don't overdo it.
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