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Be Prepared 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.

Healthy Snacks

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
  • Grapes
  • Raisins and other dried fruits
  • Smoothies!
  • 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
  • “Green Drinkâ€? called Green Vibrance which is a nutritional supplement drink that has many immune, energy and digestive benefits.

Please Share!

What are your favorite quick healthy snacks? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

 

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11 Responses to Set Yourself Up for Diet Success

  1. Bogge August 2, 2007 at 2:01 pm #

    Carrot sticks with dip is my favourite.

  2. Rachel August 3, 2007 at 2:09 am #

    Sounds interesting.Well Vitamin Shoppe at http://www.vitamin-shoppe.org holds online health facts.

  3. google pack August 4, 2007 at 1:05 pm #

    Low fat curd cheese with some fruits :)

  4. drvenom August 9, 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    the list was fresh.I wouldnt recommend yoghurt to everybody though.Taking yoghurt is only beneficial when the time is summer.You cant just have yoghurt in winters .THe can cause you cough for sure

  5. Jenny March 14, 2008 at 8:27 am #

    That’s a great list of healthy food.
    I’m going to try some of it myself!
    Just like you say it’s important to avoid all of that junk food out there.

  6. Eleanor April 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    mmmm… mouth watering healthy food… also, key is that you are enjoying what you are eating… same thing with diet plans, exercise…

  7. Losing Weight and Getting Healthy October 15, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    I find that another key thing to do is to not have any unhealthy snacks around. Even if I have healthy things at hand the unhealthy foods seem to still keep tempting me!

  8. The Chilli King November 11, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    i find a lot of healthy snacks can be bland in flavour. a simpl remedy for this that i found a coupleof years ago is to start using a lot of chilli peppers in my cooking. they liven up even the blandest of dishes, not just because of their heat. hot varieties such as habaneros have a wonderful flavour. if you do not like the heat just simply remove the seeds before cooking!

  9. One Source Talent November 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    Replace all sugar filled drinks with water. Water can help tons!

  10. euroloji August 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    best way is that it must be eat just fruit in their season.

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