I’m really trying to get my snack tooth under control. I’d say I have a sweet tooth, but my teeth don’t discriminate. They like it all. That can be a problem when your job includes a built in “snack time” at least once a day.
These are the things I’m trying to keep in mind when I get all snacky and what-not:
1. Drink water first.
People often confuse thirst with hunger. The signals that your body sends for both are extremely similar. Half the time when I’m thinking “pass me the brownies now“, I’m really just thirsty. Also, if you drink a glass of water before you chow down, you are likely to eat a bit less. Win, win.
2. Know your portions.
I have to admit that this can be tough. America’s idea of proper proportions has been grossly distorted by restaurants, advertisements, and grandmothers. (I love my grandmothers, but I feel like they always want me to eat, eat, eat.) We need to get back to the basics. This portion size chart is super handy!
3. Don’t multitask.
You are much more likely to scarf down extra calories if you’re watching TV, reading, or doing anything in combination with eating. When you eat, focus on the snack or meal.
4. Eat at the table.
This will help with all of the random snacking. If you only eat at the table, you won’t be snagging extra bites and tastes of anything. This will also help with focusing on your meal. Bonus: eating as a family is quality time spent together.
5. Choose wisely.
Try to snack smart. If you’re craving chips, grab a snack with a similar crunch factor. Carrots, cucumbers, and snap peas are great dipped in hummus. If you’re craving ice cream, frozen yogurt or homemade popsicles might just do the trick.
6. Plan ahead.
If you have healthy, pre-portioned snacks available to you, you are far more likely to eat them. Pre-cut your fruits and veggies on the weekend, place single servings of your favorite snacks in individual bags, and keep them all easily accessible throughout the week. Once you get the hang of meal prep, it becomes second nature.
7. Track your snacks.
Tracking what you eat isn’t for everyone, but some people swear by it. Who wants to write down “an entire tray of brownies” as a snack? Not me. It’s also really helpful to look back on the day and see what changes you can make. I’d be willing to bet a lot of us “snack” a little more often than we realize.
8. Move more.
If you eat out of boredom, this tip is for you. The next time you’re thinking of those dang Doritos, get up and go for a walk. Wash the dishes. Go get the mail. Do something. We are far more likely to get the munchies when we’re sitting around on our behinds.
9. Get your fix.
Guess what? Sometimes you should just have the flippin’ cake. There is nothing wrong with indulging in cravings. Just be smart about it. Slice a reasonable portion off and eat it at the table. Enjoy it. Every last bite.
10. Really, Really enjoy each bite.
I just wanted to reiterate that point. Life is for enjoying. Food is for enjoying. Live a little, people. 😉
One of my biggest “snacking concerns” (<- dramatic much?) is portion control. I want to be mindful of the amount of food I’m eating, but I also don’t buy those individual snack bags, because 1.) I determine the amount I want/need to eat at any given time 2.) they are incredible wasteful and 3.) they are ridiculously overpriced.
A brand called snackTAXI solved each of those problems for me with their Snack Sacks. I can buy bulk items and split them up into bags on my own terms. I’m a control freak. Anyway, I know what you’re thinking. Hey, dummy, that’s why they made plastics bags. Y’all, these things are cuter, more affordable, and better for the darn world than those little plastic baggies.
The bags are machine washable, which makes them easy as pie to use and reuse. The only problem I could foresee is getting backed up on laundry and running out of clean bags. That would be a deficiency on my end, though, not on the bags’ side of things. 😉 They are free of lead, phthalates, and BPA, so they are perfect for the little ones in your life, too. I can definitely see me picking these up for Maddux when he starts packing lunches. OMG, one day my tiny baby will be packing lunches? Say it ain’t so.
They sent me one to keep and one to share. I chose to keep the number print, because I thought it would be pretty sweet for school lunches. Yes, I am a nerd. That means the polka dot bag is up for grabs! Cute, right?
If you want to ditch plastic bags like I do, enter to win your first reusable Snack Pack below. (I say first because you will be wanting more! :))
Disclosure: snackTAXI sent me two Snack Packs in exchange for my honest opinion on the product. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions are my own.