A peak time for emotional eating is in the afternoons. It's when we're most likely to feel bored, tired, and overwhelmed by something. But with a little bit of awareness and pre-planning, curbing afternoon cravings in healthy ways.
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A good snack defense is a good snack offense.
Because a Tuesday afternoon like this can happen any day of the week, we want to keep healthy snacks close by (at work, home, and anywhere you spend a lot of time). That way, you don’t have to put your willpower up against a Snicker bar too often. You might not win.
We want to stock up on foods low in sugar, high in protein, and that have good Omega-3 fats. For me, being low-carb and gluten-free helps too. The point is, to pre-plan for days like these is the only way the average person will stick to their healthy eating goals. So the answer to our snack-healthy question is to keep healthy favorites close by. Some days, the Snicker bar will win out but that’s okay if on average, we’re eating well.
In this post, I’m sharing my top 5 current favorite snacks to whip up when hunger strikes. I believe snacks should taste good and let me tell you…these do. And brownie points: They’re keto-friendly too!
I’m not sure how much my pistachio consumption is tied to the produce layout at my local supermarket, but I do eat a lot of pistachios. They're the perfect mix of sweet and salty and right in the fruit aisle so about once a week I pick up a bag. Pistachios are a storehouse of unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, and minerals and have anti-inflammatory properties, so nutritionally, they make the grade. I keep a small pack in my bag at all times.
2. Skyr Yogurt and Fruit
Yogurt gives us the calcium we need and I love ALL the yogurts, but Skyr has to be my #1 favorite brand. It’s so creamy, healthy, and very very low on sugar if you’re following Keto. I get mine at Trader Joe’s (they carry a great Vanilla one) but you can find Skyr yogurt in most grocery stores.
To make your Skyr or other healthy and plain yogurts more filling, add a banana, some berries, or other fruits you like. Another tasty recipe is to add a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter. Heck! If you’re feeling it, add ‘em all. A bit of honey is another ingredient that gives plain yogurt a great extra yummy taste.
Dietitian Anna Nielsen says that avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is the good fat that we need to be eating more of. Avocados are also loaded with potassium and antioxidants AND they are a great source of Vitamin C and E. This simple-to-make guac recipe is one of my favorite things to snack on when I need brain fuel and don’t have too much time to cook.
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The recipe: 3 avocados, 1 tomato, 1 red onion, coriander, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, and salt.
Instructions: Mash the avocados in a bowl and add chopped onions and tomatoes to it. Mix well. Now, add the coriander and lime juice. I prefer blending it once so the paste is smooth. Lastly, sprinkle some salt and mix it again. Ta-da! Your Guacamole dip is ready.
P.S if you don’t have time to make guacamole, just take a Hass avocado with you! Bring a little packet of salt and you’re set for another version of this healthy and filling snack.
4. Cucumber and Chili Lime Seasoning
I recently discovered this snack, and let me tell you, I couldn’t love it any more! It’s so simple! The only things you need are chopped cucumber and your favorite (preferably low sodium) chili-lime seasoning to sprinkle on it, and voila!
5. Store-Bought Cauliflower Pizza
Trader Joe’s carries a couple of delicious cauliflower pizza crusts. Because cauliflower crusts are gluten-free and very low-carb, I avoid the bloat and discomfort I get after eating other pizzas. And check out the nutrition guide: Less than 1g of sugar, no trans fat, and other nonsense.
After heating up, I like to top my golden-brown cauliflower crust with fresh grated Parmesan or Feta and some greens. So so good!
I hope my favorites help you to come up with your own favorites. Because when it comes to sticking to our healthy eating goals, taste and convenience are a must.