I’m loving this month’s What I Ate Wednesday
theme: sensible snacking. Snacks are an important part of my healthy eating routine, so it’s fun to highlight them and to talk a little bit about what we can do to ensure we are snacking in a way that’s beneficial to our health.
My first rule of snacking is to only eat when you’re truly hungry. Most mornings I need a little something around 10:00 a.m., but I always try to remember to check for hunger cues prior to digging in to make sure I don’t eat food I don’t need just out of habit. This is especially true at work. It can be so easy to mindlessly munch while sitting at a desk.
The second rule I try to abide by is a little tougher for me – but I’m working on it. When choosing a snack, try to pick something that offers nutritional benefits aka steer clear of chips, cookies and many other processed foods. Okay so that’s not the hard part. I love me a piece of fruit even a carrot stick or two, but incorporating protein into my snacks is something I tend to struggle with. However, I know it’s important to help keep me fuller longer.
A few of my go-to snacks are: trail mix, string cheese, apple & peanut/almond butter, edamame, mixed nuts, bananas
These are a few tips that work well for me, but I recognize that doesn’t mean they’ll work for you. Try a few things out and see what keeps you feeling energetic and healthy. If you’d like even more guidance, I’d suggest speaking with a nutrition professional (Registered Dietitian) in your area.
Now on to this week’s eats! I recorded what I ate on Tuesday – a pretty typical day. Enjoy!
Breakfast: Greek yogurt with fruit & walnuts (missed the photo, but who really wants to look at yogurt anyway?)
Morning Snack: Edamame & a few baby carrot sticks
Lunch: Mango black bean salad with a Naked juice smoothie
Pre-Yoga Snack: Banana & a few dark chocolate-covered almonds
Dinner: Bruschetta chicken pasta & fresh bread
What are your go-to snacks? What’s your favorite thing you ate this week?