Hey Mommas! Do you find yourself reaching for unhealthy snacks throughout the day, or do you believe the light in the refrigerator was invented for late night snacking after the kids go to bed? After becoming a mom, I have found myself standing in the dark kitchen after the kids go to bed with the refrigerator door open looking for something to snack on despite knowing how unhealthy late night snacking is. Smart snacking feels like having to cross one more thing off my to do list too!
I’m speaking to myself here too, mommas! Reaching for those unhealthy snacks throughout the day or waiting until it is dark outside to snack can cause you to eat mindlessly and lead to overeating at meals or pack on extra unwanted pounds.
It’s time for smart snacking.
Try these 2 tips to help you get started.
1. Get your fruits and veggies in.
Yassss! As mommas, it is hard to get our own fruit and veggies in during meal times. If you pack snacks for your kids, pack some snacks for yourself. Use snack time to eat healthy just like we want our kids to copy. Put some fresh fruit, celery, cucumbers, or some frozen grapes in small bags that are ready to grab and go.
2. Keep healthy snacks within reach.
Experiment and find out which healthy snacks you like best. When you know what you enjoy best, keep those snacks within reach. Keep your faves stored in the car, at work, in your purse, or whatever works. I like to put my snacks in fun containers within reach too! Who says superhero lunchboxes are just for kids? Not me!
If at all possible, make your snacks feel more like indulging in a treat may help you enjoy them even more. Enjoy your snack on a plate or in a bowl to slow down and eat more mindfully.
To help you get started try this healthy trail mix recipe that can separate into containers and store within reach just about anywhere.
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped, toasted sunflower seeds
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
½ cup raisins (omit if you are on a candida diet or need to be on a low sugar diet)
1/1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Makes 8 servings.
Combine all ingredients and enjoy!
Need some extra smart snacking ideas for the kids that will fill them up? You may want to try these protein packed snacks too!