Set Yourself Up for Diet Success
I read a great diet tip lately over at Advice and Rants. The basic idea is to make sure that you have healthy food at hand and ready to eat so that when hunger comes chugging around the bend, that you won’t get derailed by eating junk food. I thought, “Yes, of course, that’s right. That makes a lot of sense.” And then I thought, “Wow. You know that really is a big key to diet success.” Anytime I’ve tried to watch what I eat, I always do best when I am prepared.
So I decided to highlight this tip and provide a few suggestions of snacks that are easy to prepare, are healthy, and (mostly) low in calories. When you can eat every 3-4 hours during the day, you’ll keep yourself from getting so hungry that you won’t overeat.
All of these are also great snacks for kids! Get them started on healthy foods for a lifetime of healthy eating. Anything with peanut butter, limit to 1-2 Tablespoons to keep the calories down. Watch out for items that are high in sugar or corn syrup. Look at the labels for no sugar added or where it is not in the top 5 ingredients listed.
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Banana slices with peanut butter
- Whole almonds or other nuts
- Raisins and other dried fruits
- Lowfat yogurt (best for you: plain mixed with teaspoon honey & fresh or frozen berries)
- Lowfat yogurt with granola
- Avacado and Wasa crackers
- Watermelon cubes
- Berries! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc are so good for you and frozen is just as good as fresh.
- Celery sticks plain or with lowfat ranch dressing (1 Tbspn or less)
- Carrot sticks or baby cut carrots
- Pears, apples, oranges, bananas
- Broccoli or cauliflower florets with low-fat ranch dressing (1 Tbspn)
- Low fat/low sugar energy/protein/breakfast bars
- 100% fruit juice popsicles
- Wasa crackers with peanut butter and banana or apple
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds (try with garlic powder on pumpkin seeds if you’re making your own!)
- Airpopped popcorn (or low-fat) topped with garlic, onion, chili pepper, or other spices. (Experiment!)
- Low-fat pretzels
- Kashi cookies
- Kashi cereal
- Pita or bagel chips (look for the highest fiber ones)
- Cinnamin on toast, apples, yogurt, cereal
- Low-fat cottage cheese
- Low-fat mozerella cheese
- Long-Life cocktail (7/8ths water, 1/8th pure cranberry juice, 1 T ground flax seed) – from Louise Gittleman’s book,Fat Flush“
- â€œGreen Drinkâ€? called Green Vibrance which is a nutritional supplement drink that has many immune, energy and digestive benefits.
What are your favorite quick healthy snacks? All comments big and small are very welcomed!
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