Exchange an unhealthy snack with a healthy one!
Don’t panic, we won’t tell you how to eat and for sure we don’t want you to “diet” in any way!
But we think there could be a tiny adjustment in your eating behaviour that makes a big difference. Not only do you help your well-being on that same day, but you'll be a bit healthier long-term!
Let’s talk about snacks
There are some times in the day when we don’t need a full meal or we can’t have one. So we have a snack. If you don’t have any snacks at all, skip this article.
But if you are someone who has a daily snack of sorts, read on. A snack should not only be nourishing, it should also be tasty! However, not all snacks are right for your body’s needs. If you need a snack because you have exercised very hard, that snack might look different to what is appropriate when you are sitting in front of the computer all day!
What are healthy snacks
Like with other foods, as a rule of thumb, a snack should not contain anything that you wouldn’t use or cook with in your own home kitchen. Also, in our view, it should be a food and not a drink. Even snacking should be a moment of joy and mindfulness and gulping down half a litre of protein shake doesn’t give much possibility to enjoy it. There are so many ways to snack healthily, you’ll find lots of inspiration online!
How to snack
Ideally, you don’t eat any snack standing up right in front of the fridge or kitchen cupboard. Even if it’s just a snack, put it on a plate or in a bowl and put it down on a table to eat it. This helps to eat the snack with more awareness!
How to trick yourself into having a healthy snack?
Often the issue with snacking is that we are very hungry by the time we need the snack. It’s so easy to quickly munch on a packet of crisps, a chocolate bar or other snacks that help our cravings for a short period but then leave us longing for more. So how do we stop getting into that trap? We re-arrange our cupboards and fridges at a moment when we are not hungry. If we put the healthy snacks in the areas that are easily accessible and the foods that we want to eat in moderation to the very back, that already helps! Make sure you also prepare a small variety of healthy snacks beforehand and, ideally, you also portion them in some way.
So next time you have a snack craving you’ll have all the good nutrients at hand!