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I've always loved to snack, and recently my physician advised me to eat 2-3 snacks a day in addition to 3 light regular meals. Whoopee! But how to keep the calories in check? I've learned to prepare 50- calorie snacks of my favorite healthy snack foods ahead of time. Just now, I ate a 30-calorie slice of light cheese. Tonight I'm looking forward to my homemade 50-calorie trail mix baggie right before turning out the lights. And my favorite is barley mixed with sugar free strawberry syrup. Yum!
We know that those who eat slow give their bodies time to realize satiety and eat less. I eat alone a lot and find this a challenge. Here are two ways I slow down:
One of my goals is to not eat after 7pm, however I sometimes get hungry or want a snack about 9-9:30p. Instead of ice cream, cookies, etc I will have a glass of unsweetened coconut almond milk (45 calories) and sometimes add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries or strawberries and ice and blend for a quick shake of less than 100 calories.
when going to your local grocery store its better to do all your shopping on the outside of the isles. you have your fruits and vegges, salads, healthy dressings, dairy, orange juice, poultry items, seafood, etc. try to skip the middle isles
When I'm craving something sweet, like a cookie or candy. I'll eat fresh fruit and a tablespoon or two of nutella. It tastes just like chocolate to me but is healthier. The sweet fruit always hits my sweet tooth and the chocolate taste makes me forget that I'm not actually having candy.
The suggested meal plans provided by SparkPeople has really helped me to cut calories. Even when I make substitutions, they help me with my menu planning. I found that before I was getting too many carbs (bread, rice, potatoes) and not enough fruits and veggies or protein. I, also, found out that it's ok to use canned applesauce or fruit instead of fresh which helps me stick to a healthy eating plan. It's not about perfection. It's doing the best that you can.
I used to think that Aldi's was only full of super processed junk food. However, I have found my favorite things there like hummus, light cheese sticks, produce, low sodium/sugar canned fruit and soups. While there are certainly temptations if you are looking to lose weight and save money Aldi's can't be beat!