Snacking, snacking, snacking...oh those sweet yummy snacks. They taste so good but make us feel so bad right?
Wrong! They don't need to anymore.
I like snacks too, its just a case of making healthy snack choices *hears groaning from you readers* Don't be disheartened though, its much easier than you think!
When we are tired and hungry the last thing we want to be doing is battling against ourselves to choose the healthy option when there are some sweet yummy things calling our names right?
So, here are my top tips to allowing yourself to snack guilt-free...
1. Don't buy those sweet things
If they aren't in your house then you cant have them easily, especially at the moment when we are in lockdown. Simple as that. Just don't buy them.
2. Make healthy snacking easy
Have a variety of fruit, vegetables and nuts available. I usually measure out a portion of things in the morning when motivation levels are high. I account for them on my LifeSum app (counts my macros and calories - I love this app!) then put them into tubs. That means I can pick, guilt-free, at the things in those tubs throughout the day. When I open the fridge there is a pot of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries smiling at me. There are carrot and cucumber sticks already cut, making it much easier for me to snack healthily.
3. Make homemade snacks
Make them yourself. If you make them then you know exactly what is going into them. It may sound silly but sometimes the fact you can see how much sugar is going into a recipe is enough to stop you wanting to snack on them altogether! Or you have the control to make healthier substitutes. My peanut butter protein balls are a great example of a snack that is super easy to make, filling and yummy and not too bad on the ol' macros either!
4. Drink plenty of water
Next time you want a snack, drink a glass of water first. Sometimes you feel hungry when in actual fact, you were thirsty.
5. Have protein with each meal
Protein helps you feel fuller for longer so make sure you have some protein with each meal and you may find that your snack cravings disappear altogether.
If all of the above still hasn't helped, try keeping a food diary. Literally write down everything you eat and drink as you consume it. When you look back at what you've had over the day it may shock you into making some of the changes above.
So there ya go, my top tips for making snacking easy and healthy!