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Healthy snacking

Womp womp, can’t believe its already November- birthday month, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday! It’s one of my favorite months! I hope everyone had a great time celebrating Halloween, I had a lot of fun! Today, I wanted to talk with you about healthy snacking and how to TRY and do it. Let’s be honest, sometimes snacking and dessert and alcoholic beverages get in the way of a nutritious diet. But if we have balance and moderation, it’s perfectly okay to indulge!

Here are a few of my ideas on how to snack better:

  1. First and foremost, try to avoid purchasing unhealthy snacks. For me, chips are my serious downfall– nom nom nom salt. Most of the time I don’t buy chips for this reason. If they are outside of my apartment, it’s more effort to eat them.
  2. Eat healthy granola bars. I keep granola bars in my purse, and work bag because I get hungry all the time. If I eat a healthy granola bar, I will stop myself from a really unhealthy snack. By healthy granola bars, I mean bars that aren’t super high in sugar and calories. This can be a hard task, see Shopping Trader Joe’s for my favorite bars.Healthy Snacking
  3. Drink water, when I’m craving a snack, I try to quench it by drinking a cup of cold water. Drinking water helps your digestive system and it helps me distinguish between hunger and work day boredom.
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  4. Eat protein heavy snacks. Eating something with protein will keep you full longer, and it will quench your hunger better than something high in sugar. I like to have overnight oats as a work day snack, or yogurt.
  5. Appetizers are snacks right? When I get an appetizer, I will either a) order a small dinner like a salad or another appetizer or b) I will eat half of my dinner portion at the restaurant and box the rest up for another meal. This helps me to avoid overeating and I still get a lot of different choices at restaurants. The other week, my friends and I ordered an amazing brussel sprout appetizer. There is so much good sauce on this appetizer that it might not even be healthy anymore haha. After this great appetizer, I got another appetizer for dinner that was smaller than an entree. I had plenty to eat without overeating, and I was able to feel good about my food choices.

I made The Healthy Maven’s Vegetarian Quinoa Chili over the weekend. It was delicious, I’ve been eating it for lunch. It was also really easy to make, I used Target brand simply balanced beans for the recipe!

 

Also check out, Trader Joe’s and Homemade Burrito Bowls

Do you have any tips for healthy snacking?

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  • Mackenzie with mackmarie.com

    Such great tips! I love trader joe’s but have never tried those bars.. I definitely will need to get on that!

    • Caitlin Edwards

      Let me know when you try those bars! They are great!

      Whats your favorite tip for healthy snacking?

      • Mackenzie with mackmarie.com

        I would definitely say something high protein!! Usually I go for quest bars or no cow bars because they are super high in protein and low sugar!