Dont let an attack of the munchies undo your New Years resolution to eat healthy, drop a few pounds and get in shape. The sad truth is that most of us are quick to let our New Years resolutions fall by the wayside. A nibble here, a nibble there; and before we know it weve thrown in the towel and gone back to our bad, old habits. Rather than give up over an occasional slip up, its better to forgive ourselves, get right back up on the horse and keep going.
Deciding in advance how youre going to handle snack attacks can help you tame the munchies, snack smart and stick to your fitness plan. Use the following tips to keep snacking and your waistline under control:
- Limit snacks to about 100 calories each. Many popular cookies, crackers and chips are now available in pre-packaged 100-calorie snack packs. Stock up on your favorites or make your own snack packs by zipping 100-calorie servings of fruit, veggies and your favorite treats into small plastic storage bags. Youll be less likely to succumb to candy bar temptation if youve got a stash of healthy snacks ready to grab-and-go.
- Make snacks count nutritionally. Use snacks to augment nutrition by choosing nutrient-rich snacks like a handful of raw almonds or a cup of yogurt with fresh blueberries. You can also use snacks to fill nutritional holes in your diet. Snack on apples, oranges or baby carrots to help meet your daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
- If a snack attack catches you unprepared, look for healthier options in the vending machine or at the quick mart. Instead of a candy bar, choose peanuts, almonds, pretzels, popcorn, dried fruit or peanut butter crackers.