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5 ways to Snack Better

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm a total snacker! With a constantly busy schedule, it's hard for me to sit down and eat three complete meals a day. So, instead, I snack. Snacking can actually be really great for you. It can keep your energy up, keep your metabolism running and keep you in a better mood. Here are a few tips that I've learned for smart snacking done the right way! 

1. Control the portions - It's so easy to lose yourself in a bag of chips, a bowl of popcorn, a seemingly endless container of something and forget to realize that you are no longer hungry. Large bags of anything can present a problem, even large bags of healthy snacks. Everything in moderation is the key. Graze is the perfect solution for that! Graze sends you 4 portion controlled snacks weekly or bi-weekly that are determined by your food preferences. With so many healthy and tasty choices, I get so excited to see my graze box on the doorstep. They are the perfect portion size snacks to keep in my desk.

2. Enjoy a small treat - Depriving yourself of all treats all the time is not helpful, at least not for me. It usually ends up with me going on an treat bender, eating my weight in donuts or macaroons or cake or pie. To avoid this, I let myself enjoy small treats whenever I feel that they are necessary. If I want a donut, how about I only eat a small piece. If I want macaroons, how about I only get one. Letting myself enjoy small treats whenever I need helps me avoid the big treat benders!

3. Make healthier snacks available - If all your office has is chips and candy, you're only going to eat chips and candy. Make sure you have healthier options too! Our office has chips and candy, but they also order NatureBox snacks that come once a month. We get 5 different bags of healthy and delicious snacks sent to us each month. It makes opening up the snack drawer a lot easier when I know I can grab the healthier version of a snack I love. Two of my favorite NatureBox snacks right now are the Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps and the Cashew Crumble.

4. Take a break when you snack - Do you know how easy it is to overeat because you're too busy staring at your television, computer or pouring over a notebook to even realize that you're full? How about taking a 10 minute break from all three when you need a snack. Not only will it prevent you from over-snacking, but sometimes it's just nice to take 10 minutes to yourself during your busy day.

5. If craving this, then grab that - Cravings are hard to ignore, but it's a major lesson in self-control when you learn how to manage them without totally giving in every time. One way is to find suitable substitutes for the thing you're craving. It's definitely a lot of trial and error to find out what constitutes a suitable alternative for you. For those craving sugar, fruit is a healthy alternative. It gives you the sugar and sweetness you want, without breaking the health bank. If you're like me though, a piece of fruit isn't really enough to squash that craving. If I'm eating fruit, I'll add some honey or fruit yogurt or when fruit isn't enough, I'll go Cashew Crumble. The Naturebox Cashew Crumble is a perfect sugar substitute for me. It combines cookie bits with cashews, giving me a little of what I'm craving and a little of what's good for me. Also, it's totally delicious! Find your suitable substitutes for all your cravings and make them your new normals.

Have a great snacking tip of your own? Share them with me in the comments!

35 comments:

  1. I bring a banana or other fruit with me to work each day. When I want to snack mid-afternoon, I make myself eat that first. Then, if I'm still hungry, I'll get something else. It takes a lot of willpower but it keeps me eating the "junk" a lot less.

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    1. I totally do that too! It's like the fruit is my first line of defense!

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  2. Great tips! I always struggle with not eating on time so when I do make time for it I gorge!

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    1. Same here! Hence the need to snack like all the time to prevent overeating!

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  3. I agree with having a small sweet! You don't have to cut chlorate or sweets completely out of your diet, you just need moderation <3

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  4. Great tips! I always like to keep a dark chocolate bar on hand for my sweet tooth + I recently found Graze box which I LOVE because I'm such a snacker :)

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    1. Me too! Everytime I think of unsubscribing, a box comes with the tastiest little snacks to curb all my cravings!

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  5. It's soooo easy to eat unhealthy. I think it's a great idea to have healthy snacks ready to eat! Thanks for the tips!!

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  6. #5 is the hardest for me! :) It's always a work in progress. Great tips, thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. I agree with Erica, #5 is hardest for me too!! If I'm craving a helping of chocolate, it's hard to grab an apple. hehe

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    1. Totally! It's all about finding what works for you! If I'm craving chocolate, I'll grab the dark chocolate nom noms from Naturebox or one of the graze snacks that has little chocolate coins in them!

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  8. I love these tips but wish they were as easy to stick to as they sound :)

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  9. I love the Naturebox snacks! I have a few in my cupboard right now. Awesome tips :)

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  10. These are all great tips! I definitely like to snack! When I am craving something sweet and don't have access to fruit I usually chew some gum. It helps to curb the sweets craving!

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  11. Great post! I've been thinking about doing a post on healthy snacks for my blog. I love to snack on cheese and crackers.

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  12. Totally agree with all of these tips! Especially enjoying a treat sometimes! There's no way I could totally cut out all treats and desserts. I think it's important to allow ourselves some indulgences :)

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  13. I love stocking up on my favourite treats/snacks at Trader Joe's. Here's my list of goodies I consume:

    1. Raw mixed nuts (unsalted)
    2. Unsweetened dried mango
    3. HONEY CRISP APPLES!! Now in season!!!!
    4. Coconut 'chips'
    5. Plantain chips
    6. Those "freeze dried" pea thingies... I swear they're good.

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  14. Number 4 is my biggest downfall with snacking. The only time I snack is when I'm engrossed in something... ugh!

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  15. I am a terrible snacker too, but if I brush my teeth it usually prevents from snaking!

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  16. Sometimes I'll snack on healthy things - fruit, mostly - but I did keep Graze type snacks around for a while and...I don't miss them at all. I'd just rather dig into a bar of chocolate or a cupcake. /o\ I do find that eating complete meals makes me less hungry in between and less likely to eat my weight in Doritos though!

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  17. I love Nature Box! My favorite is the PB & J granola. So yummy :-)

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  18. I eat a ton of fruit and it really helps me make better carb choices. I love Nature Box! I got to meet them in San Francisco during a food blogger convention and they hooked me up with a ton of cool stuff! Great company!

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  19. i think #4 is so important, and often over looked. great tips!

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  20. Healthy snacks are hard to come by... thanks for sharing.

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  21. These are all such great tips. I think craving "bad" stuff is a huge problem for me. Lately I've been better though about grabbing fruit instead.

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  22. I definitely need to pay attention to this. I'm having two lunches at the moment to try and stop the cravings - it's soooo hard!

    Katie <3

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  23. Great tips! It's something I definitely need to work on.

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  24. Snacking is definitely one of my downfalls. I really need to portion out our snacks into one serving baggies. I think that would really help me.

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  25. Great tips, especially the one about letting yourself have a small treat - I know if I let myself have a bit of chocolate whenever I am craving it I'm far less likely to over indulge (though it does still happen occasionally)

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  26. These are all really good tips. Portion control is really what I need to work on. I tend to want to go back for seconds.... :)

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  27. Portions are everything for me - I definitely need to be more careful about that!

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  28. I am in the process of trying to lose weight, so more than anything, I'm having a hard time reminding myself of the choices I should be making. Lol but these tips are awesome!

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  29. Great tips! I think we all struggling with snacking healthily.

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  30. All very good tips! I try to only have healthy snacks on hand. Makes it easier to make a good decision.

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  31. I think these are great tips, we are all good at some and not the other for me snacking healthy I find it hard because I have sweets more readily available than fruits but I am working on it.

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