If there’s one thing we all love, it is SNACKING. Not to deny the fact that we all do and go overboard with it, only to end up regretting it later. More often than not, it has less to do with hunger pangs but more with boredom and cravings. Also, comfort food after a long day, amirite?
However, snacking does not necessarily have to be a guilty pleasure, it can simply be a pleasure too! If we inculcate the habit of healthy snacking (no, that’s not an oxymoron), we can snack guilt-free.
Making major changes to your diet can sometimes seem very overwhelming. Instead of making big changes, it may be better to start with a few smaller ones and it’s likely more manageable. There are simple ways to establish mindful nutrition practices which often make a huge difference.
Replace trigger foods in your home to healthier alternatives. This one small step will refrain you from consuming high-calorie foods without giving up on your comfort food. It’s alright to indulge sometimes, as long as the vast majority of your diet is nutritious and full of good-for-you stuff!
Invest some time in reading labels on your food packaging. Being aware of the nutritional value of your snacks helps in portion control. Additionally, having a nutrition dense, balanced diet also helps in controlling cravings for the most part.
Keep hydrated but avoid drinking your calories in the form of shakes, cocktails, sodas, packaged juices and the likes of it. Needless to say, they have high amounts of sugar. There’s always a healthier option available,
Skipping sleep is also a cause behind binge eating unhealthy snacks. Your body needs proper sleep to function. This requirement is individualistic and could vary from six to eight hours. Find out what works best for you.
The pace at which you eat also determines the amount of food you eat. Since it takes 15-20 minutes for your brain to perceive fullness, eating slower will give your brain this required time and more chewing is also linked to better digestion. So, it’s really hitting two birds with one stone.
Do away with unhealthier cooking methods like deep frying, broiling etc. Switch to healthier oils and cooking methods. We, at BRB, took one for the team and brought you popped chips!
Instead of copying influencers, find out what’s best for you. Remember, health is not a ‘one solution fits all’ problem. Happy healthy snacking!