Culinary Clinic Tips: 5 Ways for Healthy Snacking

The act of grazing has been around since our ancestors forged for food. In a world where time is a scarcity and an abundance of food is at our fingertips. It’s all too easy to reach for what is convenient, which isn’t always the healthiest for us. Here are a few suggestions for better eating habits.

Whole Foods First

When snacking, choose whole foods whenever possible or those that have had little processing. Whole foods will be a healthiest source of fats, carbs and protein. Some of my favorites include shelled edamame, banana with peanut butter or hummus with sliced veggies. For that crunchy, salty craving, make air popped popcorn or snack on dry roasted, crispy chickpeas.

Portion Control

Make your own portion-controlled snacks verses buying pre-packaged options. Prepare these ahead of time, so when you have that urge to reach for something, it’s easier to make a healthy choice. Additionally, you can save money by buying in bulk and reduce waste from single packaging.

Rethink Your Drink

Avoid drinks like sodas, lattes, juices and energy drinks that have a lot of processed sugar and artificial flavors. Instead opt for fruit infused water, unsweetened tea or coffee, fat-free milk or coconut water which can naturally hydrate you.

Don’t Stress

Stress can induce the urge for heavy snacking. Try some of these foods and beverages to help reduce anxiety and avoid stress eating – 8 Nourishing Foods to Help Reduce Anxiety.

Stop Eating Out of Boredom

Before you reach for that mid-day snack, first inquire, “Am I actually hungry?” and pause. Next drink more water. If you do eat, try using smaller vessels to eat or drink from to reduce the amount you place in front of you. And finally, incorporate more protein into your meals that can sustain your hunger longer.

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