They make social meetings even nicer, kill boredom, engage hands in stressful situations, they're great at the cinema, in fornt of TV, or at the party. Snacks often ruin efforts for beautiful shape. What can we do to avoid snacking? And if we decide to grab a snack, what can we choose?
The best solution is to resign from additional snacks, because we often lose sensibility around them and we tend to eat much more than we need. Such snacks as crisps, salty sticks, salted peanuts, biscuits or candies, instead of satisfying our craving for something salty, sweet, forbidden, increase appetite even more. When we start eating, we grab the next crisp, and then another one, and maybe the last one, and another lat one... as long as the packet is empty.
This way we can supply large amount of poor-quality food and exceed the calorific balance. If such behaviour repeats regularly, it does not foster body fat reduction.
How to cope with it?
Care about healthy snacks in your diet, count them in the calorific balance and care about their quality. If you plan three main courses in your menu, with two healthy snacks in between, you will not feel such strong necessity of “biting” something in the meantime. It's important for the diet not to be low-calorific, too strict or boring. If you don't care about variable and balanced diet, you will probably have the craving for snacks.
It's also very helpful to get rid of all the stock of unhealthy products from kitchen cupboards and not buying things you don't plan to eat. Keeping the reserve of sweets at home means challenging yourself. You will make the task easier if you remove all unhealthy snacks from home.
Within your diet, you may certainly include such snacks, like fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit-vegetable shakes, good-quality dark chocolate or nuts. You should stay cautious we the latter, because it's quite easy to lose control over them and consume the whole package at once. Such 200g package of almonds has over 1,100kcal, including over 100g of fat.
Eating one package of almonds as a snack will be rather poor idea. Especially if you're during reduction.
Also rice waffles may be a good snack, with almond butter and a banana, or boiled eggs eaten with fresh vegetables, e.g. pepper and carrot chopped in sticks.
If you want the work on your body to be more efficient, care about balanced and diversified diet. Apart from main meals, such as breakfast, dinner and supper, plan two smaller meals. Eat dishes that satisfy you. If you like sweets and you feel lack of them in your diet, include healthy bakings in it (e.g. brownie from sweet potatoes, apple pie on the coconut-millet base) and eat them within second breakfast or dessert. Do not resign from friut and desserts based on them. Care about sweet accents in your diet, such as dark chocolate.
Do not buy or keep processed, unhealthy foodstuffs, such as salty sticks or crisps. According to a famous phrase, what your eyes cannot see, you stomach doesn't miss.
Be assertive, you don't have to eat a candy or a piece of cake every time. If your diet is balanced and diversified, you will not stay hungry or crave for eating sweets.
However, it sometimes happens that even if we plan everything well, eat healthy food and feel great, there is one worse day. The day when it's impossible to deny snacks.
How to cope with it?
There are few special recipes, which may help to restrain the “snack hunger”.
Cocoa with nutrition
Pour warm water on one teaspoon of cocoa. After a few minutes add one measure of nutrition and blend it. Sprinkle it with cinnamon.
Blend ripe banana with cocoa, soaked date and half of avocado. Eat it separately or use it as spread for waffles/pancakes.
Mix the washed and dried leaves of kale with salt, chili pepper, lemon zest and olive oil, put them on the baking tin spread with baking paper, bake in the heated oven in 150*C for 3-5 minutes.
Beetroot and carrot crisps
Wash and dry the vegetables. Slice them and put in a bowl, add olive oil and salt and mix. Spread the baking paper on the baking tin and put one layer of the vegetables. Put the tin in the heated oven with 140*C with the function of up/down/circulation on and bake with open doors for about 30 minutes.
Snacks in form of crisps or salty sticks can be misleading. Include healthy, planned, smaller meals in your diet. Care about diversified diet and tasty meals, which guarantee satisfaction. In the moments of weakness, choose healthier alternatives than traditional snacks.