Instead of sitting down to a traditional three squares, many of us opt for the snack and grab diet throughout the day. Choosing these more frequent mini meals as a regimen to maintain weight loss and energy all day requires a certain amount of discipline. Here are three points on how to keep a balanced, healthy lifestyle when you’re on the go.
Through trend after trend, in the end it’s all about a balanced diet. If we pre-portion, we protect ourselves from the increase in calories that can come from having too much readily available foods in front of us. Make veggies the center of your food plan, and use fruit as your sweet treat. Replacing dinner for lighter snacks throughout the evening will also keep you nourished and without the extra calories that don’t get burned as the day winds down. Also, keep in mind the 80/20 rule when deciding what to eat (80% healthy, 20% indulgence). This all takes a bit of planning.
Although grazing is a solution to satisfying cravings and getting quick nourishment, when you have no meal plan or prep, it’s easy to take in even more calories than having three big meals. Any way you eat takes preparation, snacking is no different. So take the time at the beginning of the week, beginning of the day, or at the end of the day, to get your snacks ready ahead of time. Reduce the temptation of grabbing quick carbs that end up dragging you down by having ready tasty ones.
Thinking going all healthy, and making meals or snacks that are all about health and not flavor only leads to backsliding. Then it’s less likely to go back to healthy habits. So have tasty dips and flavorful seasonings readily available to keep your taste buds happy. Mix it up with fruit snacks, nuts, energy bars, smoothies, and protein powered options. There’s so much to choose from!
In the end, we are all going to do whatever is easiest to suit our lifestyle, which is why the trend of snacking instead of meals is what it is today. We aim to make the challenge of healthy snacking easier for you with our snack box, and tons of options on our snacks page. Take a look, and if you have something in mind to help others, feel free to let us know in the comment section below!