I started exercising after work, but sometimes I would wonder if I had anything left to exercise with. My solution for tiredness and blahs is to eat a snack before I leave work for the exercise session. I try to have it between 3.30 and 4, but sometimes it is later.
When I have a sweet tooth, and I know that a piece of fruit just won't get it (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't), my go-to snack is to melt 1 oz chocolate chips (30 chips) = 70 calories and stir in 1/3 oz (8) raw almonds = 49 calories. A total of 119 sweet, savory calories that always takes care of my sweet tooth or chocolate craving.
Studies prove that people are more likely to stay on track when "eyes are watching them." A mirror on the refrigerator, and one in the pantry, may subconsiously reduce snacking, sneaking or binging. PLUS, looking at yourself will remind you of your goals and help make that decision on whether you are going to snack or choose another option when you are not truly hungry.
Always make sure your fridge is stocked with fresh fruits and veggies. This may mean shopping a couple times a week, but I guarantee when you open your fridge door and see all the healthy food your diet is so much easier!
Keep healthy munching foods stocked: carrots, cucumbers, apples, pumpkin seeds, 100 calorie popcorn portions, etc. Keep them in your fridge, pantry and at work. Salsa and low-cal ranch dressing are a good addition for just a few calories.
I have replaced almost all traditional bread, crackers and chips for dipping with vegetables. This has been a HUGE benefit because i'm fitting in more vegetables, especially RAW organic vegetables into my daily diet. I don't mean "Grab your celery People" I mean PEPPERS!! and NOT Green. Red, yellow and orange ~ YUMMY!!!
Start small, celebrate often! Just one baby step at a time!
Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards.
I received a Yonanas for Christmas and I must say I am pleasantly surprised as I am always skeptical with "As seen on TV". I just put the frozen bananas in with a little chocolate chips and out came a banana chocolate mixture with the consistency of ice cream. A guilt free frozen healthy snack in minutes! It comes with a recipe booklet next time its mango, pineapple banana! Yum!
I eat this whenever I have a craving for something sweet or if I need something quick. It has fiber in it and it prevents me from running back and forth to the freezer for another one. One pop just does the trick.
I am a gal who loves to snack and I embrace it! I am on the WW plan, and I always make sure I have enough points left for popcorn in the evening. I have a microwave airpoppers and I pop 1/2 cup for 3 minutes, spray on a bit of no-cal spray butter, add salt, and enjoy. 1/2 cup unpopped gives me a giant bowl of popcorn that takes a nice long time to eat, and all for 3 points. That's one of the best bangs for your buck you can get with any food (and it's good for you)!
Sometimes I just have to have that sweet candy, especially the seasonal - Spice drops, candy corn, jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, etc. I put a serving in a container and leave it on the kitchen counter and allow myself just one piece each time I go to the kitchen. This way I know I really want it rather than eating it mindlessly, plus I burn a couple calories before I eat it.
One or two teaspoons of fat free/sugar free Pistachio or Butterscotch Instant Pudding mix into a cup of fat free plain yogurt. Stir until blended....YUM!
I find that I snack the most in the evening on the couch after my son has gone to bed. I now floss and brush my teeth when he's brushing his. Not only does it serve as a good model for him, but it stops me from snacking later!
Puree a blend of your favorite fruit and berries in the food processor, then stick the result in the freezer for 2-3 hours for a healthy and refreshing snack or dessert with no fat, no salt, and minimal calories. Plus, get in at least 1 more serving of fruit! Some of my favorites are blueberry/lemon and pineapple/raspberry. PS It's a great healthy snack for the kids too!!
Cherry tomatoes make great guilt free snack! When I open the fridge door looking for something to munch on, they are the first thing I see. They have a nice bright flavor that prevents me from grazing deeper in to the depths of the fridge. Plus, it is kind of fun to pop them in your mouth and hear them crunch! Each cherry tomato is only 3 calories. It is a great effortless way to pop in more servings of vegetables.
Did you eat a meal an hour ago but still feel hungry? Grab a small handful of cereal. That way you'll get some fiber and have a small snack to tide you over until the next meal. (Be honest with yourself, though. Perhaps you're not really hungry, but just have "a taste" for something. If so, this is a pretty guilt-free snack.)
If you have a late-night snacking problem, like I do, try this: Early in the day, plan a late-night snack you can look forward to, that will fit into your daily calorie plan but taste great too. Tell yourself that if you waste your budgeted calories too soon on other nighttime snacks, you have to skip it. Knowing that there's a good snack waiting for you later on will prevent you from eating a bunch of other snacks that aren't worth the calories.
I am always hungry after I workout. Some days are worse than others. I was never very big on apples. Now I take one with me to the gym. It is a very refreshing way to end a hard workout. More than once, I thought about stopping for a coffee or snack on the way home from the gym and decided the apple was what I really wanted.
Check out the dark chocolate flavored Cocoa Roast Almonds from the company Emerald. This is a great snack at 150 calories for 1/4 cup of almonds that have a thin coat of dark chocolate powder on them. You can have a chocolate taste without going overboard and get some great healthy fats, protein, fiber, and 35% vitamin E.