Healthy snacking is a great way to rev up your metabolism, keep your energy up, and prevent overeating at the next meal. The key is to PLAN it…and only eat it ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY. If you’re eating small meals…which you probably should…you’ll be hungry about 3-4 hours after the meal. If you eat a snack when you’re not hungry, you’ll eat just as much as you normally would at the next meal. Uh oh…can you say “weight gain”?
Registered dietitian, Vicki Shanta Retelny has written this article about healthy snacking at the office. Her advice includes:
- Pack your own snack – otherwise you’re at the mercy of what’s around…and it’s not always healthy. (Dr. Jo’s favorite bars are Kashi, Lara, and Balance).
- Go nuts: “Nuts are full of good fats that sustain your energy,” Vicki said. “Nuts are also scientifically proven to help your heart health. Almonds, walnuts or pistachios are great to have around. But be sure to portion them out. 30 pistachios are about 100 calories.”
- Quench your thirst since thirst is often disguised as hunger! Dr. Jo notes…check the color of your pee…if it’s yellow you could be dehydrated (certain meds and supplements can change the color, too).
- Change your route: If there is a co-worker who has candy or cookies out for sharing, Retelny said to try not to walk by their desk.”Research has shown that you’re more likely to eat something that is in your sight, or directly in front of you,” she said.