By Guest Blogger Mila
I love snacking. I eat all day long.
My friends ask me how I maintain my healthy weight. Well, I work out, but I also eat a lot. The key is to eat tasty healthy snacks. Note that I said tasty healthy, not just healthy. Often healthy snacks lack in calories, but they lack in taste as well. This leaves you feeling unsatisfied and craving more food. Usually it results in a guilty snack binge from the vending machine at work- bad news for those of us trying to get sexy for upcoming vacations. So, below are 7 nutritious, low-calorie but also delicious snacks (and what they can replace in your diet) to keep you happy, satisfied, and fit:
– Trade fried potato chips for popcorn.
– Trade sugary candy for low-sugar but flavorful cereal.
– Trade soft pretzels for pretzel sticks and a small amount of dip like peanut butter.
– Trade ice-cream for fruit-and-yogurt parfaits.
– Trade delivery pizza for home-made pizza with veggies on whole-wheat pitas.
– Trade chocolate bars for chocolate pudding or chocolate milk.
– Trade French fries for baked potato wedges
If you can’t stop snacking unhealthy, try buying only healthy options. If it’s not in your fridge or pantry, you’re less likely to eat it. At work, keep healthy snacks at your desk so you don’t find yourself wandering over to the vending machine. My co-workers like to take a mid-day walk to get snacks and coffee. If I don’t have snacks at my desk, I end up buying things like rice-crispy treats. To cure that mid-day sugar craving, have those healthy snacks ready at your desk. Take the walk with your co-workers, but come back to the healthy snacks. You’ll find that you’re happier because you don’t get the post sugar-high crash.
Sometimes you just crave a snack that you know isn’t good for you. It is ok once in awhile to have that chocolate bar or bag of chips. As long as it doesn’t become a daily habit, you’ll be fine. I find that if I’m craving something badly, I won’t stop until I get it. So rather than eating my way through the fridge and then eating the chocolate cake, I just go straight for the cake. I just add a glass of skim milk to make myself feel better.
Share some of your favorite snacks!
Mila is in her twenties and lives and works in New York City. She loves writing, running, and good music. If there’s a dance party, she’s there.