Friday, August 5, 2016

Healthy Snacking

With the end of summer near and fall around the corner schedules get busier and sometimes we are too busy for healthy snacks while we are out conquering the day.  Recently I ventured out with my kids to go back to school shopping with the best intentions that we would be back before lunch and while we were out we would get healthy snacks.  That never happened.  Time somehow went full speed and before you know it was well past lunch when we finished and off to the nearest fast food restaurant we went.  Although salads were on the menu they were not ordered.  When you wait too long to eat you tend to order less than healthy options.  If I was able to rewind that day and start over, I would’ve packed healthy snacks so we wouldn’t of been famished and oh so willing to eat just about anything.  After words we left feeling like we ate too much and did not have much energy to finish shopping.  When you plan your day ahead healthier choices are made and you feel better. You have more energy to go on with your day and knock out your work or to do list.  When you start off the day choosing healthy foods you tend to stay on track the rest of the day.  Planning ahead and packing healthy snack for the office or for going out to errands will take a little time and planning but you’ll be healthier for it.  Try to set some time to cut up vegetables, set aside fruits, pack snack size bags of nuts or dried fruit for the week. You are more apt to stick with healthy choices if they are readily available.  Have shelf stable items in your desk drawer, in your car or your work bag for times when you forget your snack or don’t prepare ahead of time.  Having a snack size bag of almonds, protein bar, granola bar, whole grain cereal, microwavable soup or oatmeal to go container might stop you from hitting the candy/chip vending machine at work or the local doughnut shop.   Your days might get hectic but don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Make the time to plan out your snacks and meals for the day or week so you can make the best of your day with the best and healthier YOU. 

Check out the article below which is located in the Gale Databases on the Pathways to Success link on the Blackstone Public Library website:

 By: Lori Zanteson.  Environmental Nutrition. Sept. 2012 v35 i9 p2 (1).
Full Text: Copy Right 2012 Belvoir Media Group, LLC.