Updated: Aug 4
We can become irrational thinkers when we’re super busy, on the go and forget to eat. Suddenly, we deserve to eat anything and everything!!!
A great way to control cravings and avoid inhaling the bag of Doritos, is to make sure you fuel your body with healthy, yet filling food, before you hit the point of no return. I'm sure you know this already, but sometimes a list of choices that are easy to grab can help you "Do" what you already know. For example, in my purse you'll always find a baggy of raw almonds with dried cranberries. I don't need to eat the entire bag, but if I'm trapped on the freeway and I'm starving its a convenient way to curb the hunger, and almonds are a great source of omega 3.
“Snacking”, in general can pack on the calories, if you view snacking as Functional Fueling, it can be a great tool to bridge the gap between meals. This is not to take it to an extreme, however, if you find yourself hungry, and you don’t have time to eat a meal, having a list of “Go To” options that fuel your body will help! If you wait too long, you run the risk of getting on a runaway train headed straight thru the drive -thru, or inhaling whatever is in front of you!
Below is a list of easy to grab or easy to prepare, foods for when you’re too busy to think! As a rule of thumb, I tell my clients to snack on proteins, good fats and limit the carbs, grains.
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Cheers to a happy healthy you! :)
Nuts- Keep a baggie, (in your car, purse, or office), of raw almonds and dried cranberries, for emergencies. Whether you choose raw or dry-roasted almonds, cashews, or pistachios, they are mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber and will help you feel full and suppress your appetite. Raw almonds are the lowest-calorie nuts at 160 per ounce (23 nuts; 6 grams of protein, 14 grams fat).
Cheesy Popcorn- This is super simple and really filling. Make sure you get popcorn with the least amount of additives, and high in fiber. Instead of butter, sprinkle a tablespoon of parmesan cheese on top of 3 cups of air popped, popcorn 115 calories—and 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.
Hummus and Carrots- This is awesome for an after-work snack to stop before-dinner hunger pangs and wining! Try 16 baby carrots with a tablespoon of hummus for a filling 75-calorie snack. You could also add a sliced raw bell pepper to get 200 percent vitamin C.
Berries and Milk- Berries are a major super food, antioxidant and fiber filled fuel. This combo is a great way to indulge a sweet craving before turning to candy or cookies. Pair 1/2 cup of berries (your choice) with a glass of low-fat-milk or almond milk for protein, calcium, and vitamin D.
Sweet Cottage Cheese- This protein powerhouse is perfect to snack on before you get in the car and head home from work! For just 155 calories and 15 grams of filling protein, mix a half-cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1 teaspoon of honey and top with 1 tablespoon of cashews and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Egg in a mug- Super fast snack that feels like a meal. Great to eat before going out to a party with lost of temptation. Whip 1 egg, with a teaspoon of cream cheese, and (veggies, optional), in a large mug and microwave for 1 ½ minutes.½ large apple with a tablespoon of almond butter to dip. – Surprisingly filling and a great way to hold you over.2 ounces of chopped chicken breast, ¼ cup of blueberries. If you have leftover chicken breast, chop it up. It makes for easy snacking.1/4 avocado, smashed and mixed with salsa, 5-7 pita chips- This feels like an appetizer and is a healthy “Go To” before making dinner. 1 String cheese with 5 crackers or rye crisps.