Making better food choices, eating healthier and losing weight all involve making healthy snack choices. Even if you eat healthy meals and exercise, all is lost if you make unwise snack choices. So what can you do to ensure your goals are met and kept?
Whatever snack you choose, remember to watch portion sizes. Don't sit down with a whole bag, box or container of your chosen snack. Remove a portion, place in a bowl, plate etc and then eat it.
Speaking of portion sizes, make sure you read the labels and find out exactly what a portion size is suppose to be. Also, compare labels while you are still in the store to pick the best option out there. Check fat content, calories and nutrition content to get the most "bang" out of what you eat.
If you crave salty sort of snacks that you would find in the chip aisle, look for baked versions of your chosen snack. There are baked potato chips, tortilla chips, and other baked favorites as well. And remember, pretzels are always a baked option! Also, when in the chip aisle, look for whole grain options of your favorite chips.
There will always been occasions when you splurge on snacks and go outside your normal diet guidelines. Try to plan ahead and make sure you eat very carefully throughout the rest of the day to make up some calories. You may even want to follow up the next day skimping on calories, again, to help make up for that big splurge.
So I mentioned pretzels earlier. Pretzels make a great healthy snack option. I love Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels.
Like I said, I enjoy honey mustard pretzels. Here is a recipe to make up your own in case you can't find Hanovers at your store.
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter
several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
- 10 cups small pretzel or large sourdough style pretzels broken into pieces
- Melt margarine or butter in a small saucepan. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in honey mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce. Place pretzels in a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan .Pour mustard mixture over pretzels; toss gently to coat. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on foil; cool
I also like to make Peanut Butter Chex Mix with Pretzels in it.
10 cups cereal (Chex, Cheerios, etc)
2 cups pretzels
2 cups raisins
3 cups nuts (peanuts, almonds, etc)
⅔ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
Everybody snacks but snacking doesn't have to mean the end of your healthy habits! Remember Snyder's of Hanover for some great healthy pretzel options!
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