April 14th, 2020
Snacking… we all do it. It is good for us to snack in moderation and make healthy snack choices. There are many reasons we may snack including boredom, sadness, stress, or possibly even anxiety. Now it is even easier to overdo the snacking while working from home due to the coronavirus lockdown.
But snacking doesn’t mean grabbing the gallon of ice cream. You may be surprised at just how delicious healthy snacks can be! There are many simple healthy snack choices or can enjoy at home. No more excuses about there being nothing healthy to snack on after reading through these nutritious snacks to add to your grocery delivery list.
Try choosing snacks that boost your nutrient intake, especially nutrients you might otherwise be lacking in. We recommend keeping these items in your pantry to make nutritious snacks at home.
Trainer Tip: Choose protein-rich foods stocked in the fridge too! Milk, part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks, fat-free or low-fat yogurt or yogurt drinks, hard-boiled eggs, and lean meats as snacks are great options. Research suggests that increasing protein intake can help prevent overeating, and may make you feel fuller.
Along with eating healthy, you should keep your body moving. We have the perfect way for you to get yourself and your family moving with an exercise program from the comfort of your own home. Check out the virtual personal training we offer you a free demo session!
Snack mindfully, not mindlessly: Be mindful by listening to your hunger cues and if you are hungry choose healthy snacks. Stay aware of what you are eating and the portion sizes instead of being mindless and plowing through a bag of Cheetos while in front of the T.V.
Plan: Gather some on the go snacks like fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and milk, or ingredients to make your own nutritious snacks.
Think convenience: Stock up on snacks such as sliced vegetables, cut fruit, Greek yogurt, protein bars, and other easy to grab healthy foods.
Educate yourself on the nutritional content on your snacks: this is one of the easiest ways to ensure your snacking healthy.
Watch your portion sizes: Instead of munching straight from the bag, measure out a proper serving or keep snack-size bags on hand when making your own snacks, and/or buy single-serve snack packages.
Choose to indulgent occasional: Snack wisely by enjoying a small treat but keeping it within your daily calorie limit.
Trainer Tip: get the whole family involved. You can set a good example by choosing to snack on nutritious foods. Influence your children and other family members by making healthy snacking a family affair. We believe now is a great time to educate your children about healthy eating; let them be part of the choice in which nutritious snacks to prep!
With many people at home, snacking is becoming the new normal. To not gain and put your body under different stressors, it’s vital to choose foods and beverages that will not jeopardize your health but contribute to it. Try to stick to smart snacking and be active when you can.
As we all adjust to this temporary new normal, remember you’re not alone. DrivenFit+SWS is here to encourage you on healthy lifestyle choices. For more information on health and nutrition or learn about our virtual personal training sessions, call or text Driven Fit + SWS in South Tampa at (813) 440-3016.