If you’re anything like me and a bunch of other people, you want to start 2020 on the right foot. For many of us, healthy eating habits are something we’re working on. One of my biggest pitfalls was snacking… what I call “getting a case of the nibbles.” I wasn’t really hungry but my mouth was bored. It would often happen when I was working online, or at my actual job working, or driving.
I’ve started seriously logging my calories lately as well as working out a lot more (okay, working out at all – I didn’t start till December 10) so that’s been pretty eye opening. The logging is working because I’m finally being honest with myself about what I’m putting in, what macronutrients it’s made of, and what vitamins, etc, I’m getting.
Since I’ve started thinking of my daily 1700 calories as a kind of budget, I’ve naturally started thinking of snacking in a different way Basically, if I were to eat something not so great for me, like a bowl of my wife’s fantastic stroganoff or a slice of pizza or something, I want to really enjoy it, right? Because I can’t in good conscience go back for seconds. I don’t want the calories to just go into my mouth and not even notice them. It would be like saving up to go to a concert then not listening to the music!
Since I’m prone to mindless snacking though, I use that as a time to get good food into me. For example, I’m honestly not super duper fond of mini bell peppers. However, they don’t really taste bad and they have amazing amounts of nutrients in them. So when I’m bored I bust out my daily six mini peppers. I can mindlessly eat those – when I’m done I’ll feel better, have a shot of vitamins, and my mouth will have had something to do. I also won’t be on the carb spike/crash cycle that will just have me snacking again.
So yeah! Mindless snacking, when used correctly, can be a weight loss strategy! Who knew?
Some good items to mindlessly snack:
Mini bell peppers
Regular red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (more nutritious and green) cut up with seasonings on them
Jicama matchsticks with appropriate seasonings
An apple, cut up with cinnamon on it
Snow Peas or Sugar Snap Peas
…and more! Just watch out for the high cal sauces and dips.