How to Snack the Healthy Way
By Elizabeth Hurchalla f
How to snack the healthy way: Here’s the good news: Snacking isn’t inherently unhealthy, and you don’t have to quit snacking altogether. In fact, if you snack on the right foods low in fat and follow a few simple guidelines, munching between meals not only helps you stay on your diet, but it may help you maintain or even lose weight too.
The problem, of course, is that for many people, a snack means, well, “snack foods” — chips, cookies, cakes, candy and other processed, high-calorie, high in fat goodies. Snacking also becomes a weighty problem if you mindlessly eat all day long, says Debi Silber, a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition, author of The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six-Part Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best.
Check out these tricks to stop snacking on all the wrong stuff and start making smarter, healthier choices.
1. Sit down with a plate.
It’s common to graze when you prepare meals or even walk through the kitchen. From now on, promise yourself that you’ll put every morsel on a plate and sit down before eating it. By making this simple commitment, “you’ll become more aware of snacking and end up eating less,” says Silber.
2. Make snacking unsavory.