If you’re following a diet, you actually do need to snack to keep your blood sugar even. The problem is, it’s only too easy to give in to temptation if all you’ve got is unhealthy snacks. Here are a few snacking situations that could ruin your diet, and how to get around them.
Snacks with alcohol
If you’re at a bar for a drink, make sure you eat something with it. This will ensure that you don’t overindulge and take in loads of alcoholic calories. The problem is, most of the time you’re only offered high-calorie snacks like peanuts and chips. If you have a choice, go for nuts in their shells, such as raw peanuts and pistachios. Shelling them takes time, so you’ll eat less. Edamame beans in their pods are also a nutrient-rich alternative.
If you get home absolutely ravenous, and there isn’t anything healthy to reach for, chances are you’re going to make unhealthy snack choices. Instead of waiting until you’re starving, make sure you’re armed with a healthy mid-afternoon snack such as hummus and crudites. Also, make sure you’re well-hydrated as it’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger.
If you find yourself hungry a couple of hours after dinner, or even late at night, you do need a snack to ensure that you sleep well. Once again, make sure you’re prepared. A square of healthy dark chocolate might be just what you need.