Smart Choices For Busy Moms!
Most experts agree that snacking is a part of a balanced and healthy diet, as long as the snacks don't pile on empty calories. Like any other part of your diet, it's important to put some thought into what kind of snacks to have on hand. Otherwise it's all too easy to pick something high-calorie, high-fat or high-sugar.
Erin RogersDon't get too hungry
It's a good idea to not let yourself get too hungry before eating a meal or snack, since this is a surefire way to encourage overeating. Drinking sufficient water throughout the day (8 to 10 glasses is generally recommended) will not only serve to keep you well-hydrated, but will also help you feel less hungry. Another good idea is to include some protein with your snacks, as this will help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.
Following are some ideas for different types of snacks. You may be hungry for different kinds of snacks at different times, or on different days. Pick what sounds best, what you have on hand and what fits best into your eating plan or strategy.
Crunchy/saltyFlavored popcorn or rice cakes
Pretzels (with or without some honey mustard dip)
Light microwave popcorn
Baked tortilla chips with salsa
Fruits and veggiesAn apple (with or without some caramel dipping sauce)
Sliced strawberries with fat-free half and half
Raw veggies (try a dip with ranch seasoning and fat-free sour cream)
Chocolate milk (made with lowfat milk)
Cottage cheese with canned pineapple
DrinksBanana-chocolate whip (In a blender, combine 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 small banana, and a squeeze of chocolate syrup. Optional: toss in a few ice cubes for a frostier concoction)
Orange whip (In a blender, combine, 1 cup orange juice, 1 carton orange nonfat yogurt and a few ice cubes)
Light root beer float (Diet root beer with 1 cup lowfat ice cream)
Steaming mug of fat-free hot chocolate/cocoa (with added calcium)
2 whole wheat fig bars (look for these in the organic food section)
2 lowfat graham crackers spread with 1 Tablespoon chocolate frosting
3 Hershey's kisses
Animal crackers (1/2 small box) and a cup of lowfat milk
I recommend keeping a list of your favorite healthy snacking ideas, either on your refrigerator, in your purse, on your computer or even your PDA. Sometimes it's hard to think of a good snack option. With your list, you'll never have to worry again and it will help with shopping, too!