Healthy snacks can be a major obstacle to many families. Avoiding the chip aisle and not grabbing the chocolate and peanut butter to fill your food craving is difficult.
Below please find 4 reasons and tips for how to eat healthy.
1. NOT ONLY FOR DIET
While it is true that losing weight and being more fit is a direct result of eating healthy foods, it is not the only positive side effect.
Eating whole foods and treats that are inflammation-free does much more for a happy and healthy body.
As previously discussed, 6 Tip to Managing Work Stress, eating healthy can have a positive impact on your overall body stress, anxiety and mood.
Having too much inflammation within your body is a bad thing. It is the root of many diseases. Inflammation is promoted by foods that are high in pasteurized dairy, sugars, Trans fats, etc.
Add to this your heart health and stroke prevention, eating healthy should be a given.
2. RE-STOCK THE PANTRY
Typically the reset button must be pushed to move forward with healthy snacking. Too often our cupboards get slowly filled with unhealthy snack selections.
There always seems to be leftovers from get-togethers or simply treats that were purchased for baking recipes.
I am completely against wasting food, so I would recommend putting together a package of the food you want to get rid of and bring to work. Simply put in the lunch room and others can make their own decision to have a snack or two.
3. SHOW THE KIDS
As much as affection and teaching right from wrong to your children is important, so is teaching them a healthy lifestyle.
When your children see you reaching for a fruit rather than chips, it will be a natural path for them to select the healthy option themselves.
Additionally, by eating healthy, the amount of fruits, vegetables and other good options will be in the house for the entire family to select from.
4. SNACK IDEAS
Water! Drink enough.
Good Sweets & Snacks
Unsweetened Dried Fruit
All Berries (Straw, Blue, Rasp, Black, etc)
All Vegetables (Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Peas, Cauliflower, Broccoli, etc.)
Whole Grain Crackers
Air Popped Popcorn
Raw Nuts (Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, etc.)
Home Made Trail Mix (Seets, Nuts, Granola, Dried Fruit, etc.)
Seeds (Pumpkin, Sesame)
Avocado Mixed into Anything!
Satisfying your selective hunger is a very difficult task. Planning ahead and having good choices available that you enjoy makes the task much simpler. Remember that eating right not only has benefits on you and your health but on your entire household.