Healthy Snacks: Avoid These Common Mistakes
What do you do when you’ve been at work all day and that healthy sandwich you had for lunch didn’t quite fill you up? You’ve got errands to run on the other side of town so you won’t be home for a while, but you’re absolutely starving. What do you do? Do you run to the closest drive thru and order something quick and fattening only to crash hours later? Or do you purchase a healthy snack? A healthy snack is the better option and we guarantee you that your body will thank you later on.
However, when it comes to healthy food, it can be easy to make mistakes; but you’ve got us to help you out so there's no need to worry.
Avoid these healthy snack mistakes
Yes, snacking can be a mistake; but, there are healthy ways to snack. For some, a healthy snack can maintain metabolic health, regulate blood sugar, lead to better food choices later on in the day and help regulate portion control. For others, it’s just an added source of calories.
Next time you're craving a midday snack, think about whether or not you really need it, and if you do, turn to a healthy option like carrots dipped in humus or celery sticks dipped in peanut butter.
- A snack is not a treat
One cookie is a treat, but three cookies are a snack. Sugary treats are not only bad for you, but they’re also full of calories you probably don’t need.
Here’s a general rule of thumb: a healthy snack will offer you nutrition and fullness to help bridge one meal to the next. Treats don’t give you either benefit.
- Just having healthy carbs
A lone apple or orange, for example, is not a healthy snack. By themselves, apples and oranges are indeed healthy, but in order for them to fill you up, you must pair them with something else. Try pairing an apple with cheese, a few slices of turkey or a dollop of almond butter. The protein helps slow the release of blood sugar into the bloodstream so you won’t crash hard later.
- Stop the mindless snacking
Try not to eat just because you’re watching T.V., waiting for something to cook, or waiting for something in general. Remember that snacking is not a solution to kill time. Try eating small-portioned, healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your hunger at bay.
Try a diet meal delivery service to get your snacks right
At bistroMD, we have a men and a women’s program and the option to receive five-or-seven-days’ worth of healthy meals delivered to your door. The two programs range from $130-$160/week and EATS, our essential and tasty snacks are an additional option at just $1.50 per snack. The number of snacks you’ll receive each day is based on your gender. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three snacks per day.
EATS are a different approach to snacking. EATS are not only delicious, but they also boost your metabolic burn to keep the pounds coming off. Each snack from bistroMD contains 8-15 grams of protein. In fact, our program supplies protein roughly every 3-4 hours. These healthy snacks will boost your metabolism and curb your food cravings to help you stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
It takes just a few weeks to see results. What do you have to lose?