Something I hear about all the time from my clients is not knowing what to eat when they’re super hungry right before dinner—to snack or not to snack? Short answer: trying to simply resist hunger often leads to mindless snacking or overeating at your next meal, so why not be intentional about it and have a few healthy options planned so you can still feel like a functional human and make dinner without gnawing your arm off?
Here are a few of my go-to suggestions:
- A great option is a plate of sliced veggies and hummus or guacamole. Not only does it provide a combo of fat and fiber, but you can pick the veggies and dip of your choice that still satisfy your tastebuds . Keep portions in check by putting it on a plate or in a bowl so you’re not scooping into the tub of hummus or guac.
- A cup of broth based vegetable soup is a nourishing option that will tide you over by providing both fiber and fluid.
- If you have Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, jam, or even tomato sauce on hand, these can be eaten with your favorite high-fiber crackers. I personally love GG crackers for this simple snack (each one provides 4 grams of fiber for only 20 calories), but there are lots of great options out there.
- For an urge for something sweet try a small cup of plain yogurt (dairy or plant-based—it’s up to you!), or a small glass of kefir, which is another refreshing choice that’s beneficial for your health!
- In a pinch, an orange is a prime snack. It delivers both fluid and fiber, and plus you can separate the sections ahead of time to make it easy to grab pieces! Hate oranges? Another water-rich fruit like watermelon is a refreshing option.
- A servings of olives provides heart-healthy fats to satisfy your hunger without spoiling your appetite. Keeping single-serve packs handy can make it easy to keep portions realistic.
It’s so easy to head over to unhealthy snacks thinking that they are easier to access, but I hope this provided some much needed insight on what snacks are just as accessible, but also better for your health! Snacks are a part of the daily diet choices that we make, and we need to consider them with equal importance as our main meals! Listen to your hunger, and respond mindfully.
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