During the holidays, food abounds everywhere we go – and, let’s face it, most of it is unhealthy (filled with fat, calories and no nutrition).
Unless you are careful, you can be left dealing with extra pounds, guilt and lethargy to start the New Year. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! When done wisely, snacking can help you look and feel your best.
Try our Top 5 Smart Snack Ideas to get through the holidays:
1. Go for snacks with high protein, a little healthy fat and complex carbs.
Eating foods with this nutritional profile can help keep your blood sugar stable –which is crucial for healthy metabolism. Any of the 17 flavors of Extend Nutrition snacks can help. Another example is to pair raw nuts with a fresh piece of fruit.
2. Eat in between meals to prevent uncontrollable hunger.
The idea here is to provide your body with the right amount of energy, when it needs it. Don’t go for hours on end, running around town, without having a healthy snack. (Use tip #1 to make sure you choose a smart snack.)
3. Make smart snacks available everywhere you are: the glove box in your car, purse, desk drawer, coat pocket, briefcase, kid’s backpacks, travel bags, and so forth.
Plan ahead. Being prepared means you can reach for an Extend Bar, raw nuts, vegetables or fruits to satisfy you - instead of the cookies and cakes.
4. Snack to satisfy hunger – not boredom or stress.
When you snack wisely, you make sure you are eating for the right reasons. If boredom strikes you during the holiday, try this instead: read a book, chat with a friend, play with your pet, exercise or engage in any positive activity.
5. Last, but not least, ENJOY!
Smart snacking means savoring every morsel of food that touches your lips, and being grateful for the great taste and nutrition that it brings you.
Knowing how to choose food that can help make you look and feel good is one more reason to be grateful this holiday season.