Create Mindful Snacking Habits
In a world of refined sugars and artificial preservatives, snacking tends to get a bad rap. It’s all too easy to down a bowl of buttery popcorn while binging Netflix, or reach for a sugary treat when your sweet tooth kicks in. This habit-induced mindless snacking can have a negative impact on our energy, mood and overall health. However, intentional and healthy snacking can do just the opposite. Eating all-natural snacks with purpose can curb hunger, prevent overeating, and increase focus and energy levels. Keep healthy options on hand for the next time hunger creeps into your day and your body will thank you.
Smart Snacking Prevents Overeating
It’s easy to polish off a the nearest snack before dinner when you are too hungry to think straight. Waiting until you are absolutely famished before a meal leads to unhealthy choices and over eating. Healthy snacking in between meal times can help regulate your hunger throughout the day, manage blood sugar levels and prevent cravings.
Nutritionists recommend small meals every three to five hours to stabilize blood sugar levels. This method accommodates quite well to today’s on-the-go tendencies. Whether you’re rushing from one meeting to another, hitting the gym on your lunch break or picking the kids up from school, you can benefit from taking a healthy snack with you.
Just remember, snacks are supplements for in-between meals. According to a 2014 Nielsen report, 41 percent of North American respondents ate snacks instead of dinner at least once in the previous 30 days. Healthy snacking is a great way to supplement your body between meal times, but is not recommended as a replacement to meals entirely.
What’s the key to frequent eating? Keep those portions small. Remember, you are having a snack and not a full meal. Being too accustomed to large portions can lead to overzealous snacking rather than controlled pick-me-ups. Focus on fueling your body with just enough and you will make smarter choices when lunch and dinner time roll around.
Sneak in Nutrition with Snacks
We get it—you’re not always in the mood for a salad at dinner time. Snacking can be a sneaky way to hit your nutritional goals for the day without swimming in lettuce at meal time. Choose fruits, veggies or healthy alternatives rich with vitamins and nutrients during snack time to hit those quotas throughout the day.
If you can’t keep fresh produce handy, SmartBox offers convenient treats to incorporate daily fruit and veggie recommendations into your diet, including:
- Brother’s All-Natural Fuji Apple and Cinnamon Crisps
- Garden Veggie Straws
- Eden Selected Dry Cherries
With new additions constantly being researched, a Smart Box subscription will help incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily routine in unique ways.
Snack to Fuel the Mind
To put it simply, food fuels our bodies. The kind of food we choose dictates the quality of our fuel. It’s no secret that a “sugar high” is often followed by a hard crash. Nutrient-poor and sugary snacks provide fuel that burns hot and fast. A temporary boost in energy will soon be followed by sleepiness, moodiness and an inability to concentrate. Suddenly, that sweet snack seems a lot less worth it. Alternatively, healthy snacks serve as a slow burning fuel that brings lasting benefits to your body.
Burning off calories takes up valuable energy. Enjoying small snacks frequently can prevent overeating, and in turn save us from post-meal sleepiness that comes from consuming too much in one sitting. Healthy snacking throughout the day might save you from the 2:00pm slump more than that extra cup of coffee could.
For a true mental boost, be selective about the ingredients in your snacks to access specific benefits. Most protein-filled snacks contain an amino acid that increases the production of neurotransmitters—leading to better concentration and alertness. Additionally, selecting snacks with Omega-3 can benefit your brain and heart. Omega-3s can help prevent anxiety, depression and trouble concentrating as well as high blood pressure and heart disease.
Create a Habit of Healthy Snacking
The easiest way to make good snack decisions is to always keep smart choices on-hand. The SmartBox subscription service ensures you never run out of nutritious treats to grab when cravings creep up. Try out your first box today to start your journey in mindful snacking.