It’s no surprise that so many people get off track with snacking during football season, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fewer hours of sunlight, colder weather, and boredom can lead to lots of junk food consumption, just for the fun of it.
Do you ever find yourself wondering what you can eat, five minutes after the last snack?
OK. Let’s fix that! Here are 5 simple tips for the right foods to keep on hand. These are foods that are satisfying, will quench your hunger, and just happen to be nutritious.
Game plan: Keep these key foods on hand.
- Fruits: Apples, pears, berries, sliced melons, tangerines
- Cut up raw veggies: bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, raw green beans, celery, and more.
- Nuts including nut butters: Cashews, almonds, peanuts (preferably in-the-shell), hazelnuts, etc.
- Dips: Salsa, guacamole, hummus
- Cheese (Preferably light): Swiss (very low in sodium), Colby-Jack, Cheddar, Brie, etc.
- Protein-rich foods: Hard-boiled eggs, slicked turkey, chicken, or beef, chickpeas, etc.
Mix it up. Something bulky, with something satisfying.
Pair up fruits or raw veggies with nuts, cheese, or the other protein-rich foods. Or top your raw veggies with one of the dips. The fruits and veggies are bulky and filling. The foods that have the protein and/or the heart healthy fats (nuts and guacamole) are going to quench your hunger, without putting you on a sugar roller coaster that can trigger cravings.
All of these foods are simple to keep on hand, ready-to-eat. If healthy, good snacks are easily available, you don’t have to have lots of discipline or willpower to stay on track. The new style of dieting doesn’t have you fighting how your body works. What a concept! This actually is easy to do!
This season is fraught with eating and drinking pitfalls. Make it easy on yourself by keeping great snack foods on hand.
And learn more easy-to-follow diet moves in The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution.