Healthy Eating Strategies And Stocking Your Fridge For Success
It’s hard to maintain a healthy diet in this go-go world, but setting yourself up for success can go a long way toward keeping a healthy weight and avoiding unhealthy snacking.
Part of the reason why garbage snack foods and fast food are so tempting is of course the documented truth that food manufacturers pay chemists lots and lots of money to concoct food formulae that are literally as addicting as possible through a combination of fats, salt and sugar.
But putting that aside, another reason we reach for the potato chip bag or hit the drive-thru on the way home after a long day is convenience.
So, what if we could construct ways to make healthy food more convenient? So that when you’re hungry–right now-hungry, not later-hungry–you can grab something quick yet healthy?
Here are a few ideas to set yourself up for successfully maintaining a healthy diet.
• Sliced turkey wraps – Turkey is low in fat, high in protein, and super versatile. One idea is to make yourself a couple of turkey wraps using your favorite ingredients, then slice them and store them in the fridge. Grabbing a disc of turkey, lettuce, cheese and tortilla is a far sight healthier than grabbing a bag of potato chips.
• Hummus – Homemade hummus with garbanzo beans, garlic and olive oil–maybe with a bit of cayenne pepper if you’re feeling sassy–this traditional middle eastern dip is high in protein and fiber, yet low in calories. Prep some cucumber slices and wash some organic cherry tomatoes ahead of time for dipping, and you have an easy snack ready to go.
• Carrot sticks – This is a favorite for not only convenience but for the ridiculously low calorie content of this very filling and satisfying food that is also high in fiber and vitamins A and K. If you eat 120 grams of carrots–about a cup, chopped–you are only getting around 50 calories. To put that in perspective, in order to get the same amount of calories from potato chips you would have to limit yourself to about 9.5 grams. Prep this snack by washing, peeling and slicing organic carrots into sticks, then store them in water in the fridge. They last for days and you can grab as many as you want with no fear of adding pounds.
• Hard-boiled eggs – What a great on-the-go snack! Packed with over 6 grams of protein at a relatively low calorie count of around 70, a quick egg on your way out the door can keep you going for hours.
• Seltzer – If you are like millions of Americans and trying to kick the soda habit, try stocking your fridge with seltzer water. It’s fizzy and if you look carefully you can find brands that are lightly flavored so it’s a treat for your palate without the deadly sugar or aspartame of soda. Another little-known fact is that oftentimes our bodies send us signals that we’re hungry when in fact we are dehydrated. Reach for a seltzer next time you get a rumbling in the gut and see what you think.