We all look forward to start a healthy lifestyle and some of us do go to gyms to workout, eat properly, have regular sleep etc. but sometimes in spite of doing all these, we are able to achieve the goat we set for us. Even after having a proper meal and working out some of us can lose weight, or build muscle or improve our fitness, what is the one thing that we are doing wrong which is becoming an obstacle on our way to achieve our goals? May be just may be, we are not snacking right. Along with the proper meals, it is very necessary to eat healthy snacks in the diet or the benefits of proper meal are disrupted when we snack unhealthy. Here are few healthy snack tips that can be incorporated in the daily diet.
- Always have your favorite nuts in pocket.
What snacks can be rich in healthy fats, contain dietary fiber, and protein as well are easily portable? None other than nuts! Good for brain great for heart, nuts are one of the best snack options when you are hungry. Moreover, they reduce cholesterol and boost your energy levels. So much on a handful of them before and after your workout to keep yourself charged during physical stress.
- Eat lots of veggies
Veggies like carrots, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers and broccoli can be eaten as a mid- morning snack to eliminate the mini hunger cravings while not affecting your lunch appetite. Not only will the veggies make you satiated, it will also help you feel energized for your workout sessions.
- Always keep frozen fruits and veggies in your freezer
When mini hunger comes in picture, we do not make wholesome meals to curb the cravings. Light snacks attracts us more and that is the time when we give in to the cravings and binge on unhealthy foods, to avoid this situation, it is best to keep frozen fruits and veggies in your freezer so you can snack on them if you are out of the fresh ones. This snack is great for workout session as it helps stabilize the blood sugar while fueling your body with the essential nutrients that it needs to exercise harder.
- 4. Carry fruits
Fruits like an apple, pear, plum or banana are easier to carry and eat while working out. It also curbs the mid workout sweet cravings when the blood sugar is spikes down and prevents you to buy something unhealthy from outside.
- Avoid keeping chips and cookies in your kitchen
When we keep a bag of chips or packet of biscuits, our brain does not think of snacking healthy but craves for the unhealthy snacks kept in the house. So to snack health, keep healthy food in the house. But remember, cheat in moderation every once a while in order to avoid the cravings.
- Portion control
Portion control is one of the major components of healthy eating. Any healthy snack moderation boosts your endurance and stamina as well as recover faster from your workout sessions.
- Plan your snacks in advance
Plan your snack in advance so as to avoid overeating of a snack when you are very hungry. Cut up fruits and vegetables, make hummus and prepare fruit salads in advance and keep them in the fridge to avoid snack preparation at the time of eating.
While the above article guides you to eating healthier, there is no substitute for customized professional advice given by a qualified nutritionist. We urge you to speak to your personal dietician or if you need help, contact a nutritionist at Qua Nutrition.