How about popcorn....Popcorn supplies roughage and bulk, Eating popcorn is good way to vary a diet because it contains many valuable nutrients. Have 3 cups of air-popped popcorn, no butter or margarine, no salt..sprinkle with Parm or Romano which has protein or cinnamon to flavor. No microwaved popcorn..,air popped 3 cups equals approx. 100 calories..
Maybe chose a small apple at snack time for a serving of fruit that's also a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps prevent cholesterol buildup...make slices add some cheese or even a peanut butter dip....apple slices and walnuts.
Many supermarkets sell individual snack packs of carrots, too... and slice up a cucumber which is a low-calorie food...In a bowl combine 1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder and a pinch of salt if desired.....serve with cucumber slices or zucchini slices, blue chips or even put on a small pita wedge....1/2 cup of sliced cucumbers for just 8 calories and 2 grams of carb or maybe drizzle a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper over the cucumber slices. You can enjoy a snack of 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes for just 13 calories and 2 grams of carb.
Radishes 1 calorie each, add a low calorie ranch dip...stuff heart healthy black olives with Laughing Cow cheese....roll up a single carrot stick in turkey lunch meat...3 slices of Deli beef is around 150 calories ..add some horseradish and raw veggies
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese and a handful of Matchstick carrots, flaxseeds around 75 calories Pear and 1 ounce of light Brie about 120 Calories Peanut Butter with Celery Sticks Whole Grain Cocktail Rye Bread, 3-ounce pull-top can Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, chop 3 grape tomatoes and a little cucumber or red onion String Cheese 80 calories, 0 g carbohydrates
Just some ideas....and pretty soon everyone will be eating healthier snacks....
thank you for your suggestions. I will try setting out portioned out snacks.
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11/29/13 10:34 A
I had to restrict snacks to certain times and certain amounts, otherwise I tend to just keep eating mindlessly. By all means focus on having healthy snacks around as options, but probably what you really need to do is to keep yourself from grazing. Serve out a specific portion in the kitchen, put the rest away, and then what you take with you is all you get.
It does help to just stop eating the really junky stuff very much -- the less you have of it the less you want it, often. Think of snacks more as mini-meals instead of meaningless calories and it becomes easier to come up with interesting and tasty options for such times that will keep you full.
11/28/13 1:59 P
I would find something better to do than watching TV in the evening and eating, healthy snacks or not.
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11/28/13 12:44 P
Welcome to Spark People !
I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.
Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieve those goals, then you set new ones.
When someone tells me they find themselves snacking at night, the first thing I ask them is what have they been eating during the day. When a person goes on a "diet", they tend to restrict the amount of calories they eat in hopes that that will speed up their weight loss. That's not healthy. When a person restricts their calories during the day, it sets them up for a binge at night. So, if you find yourself snacking in front of the TV, what have you been eating during the day ?
As you begin to engage in healthier eating habits, you'll notice that you'll snack less at night. BUT that takes time. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. that's why you need to start with some simple changes first.
I would start by adding more fresh fruits and veggies to your meals. Adding more veggies will add more FIBER. eating more fiber will help keep you full for longer. Once again, don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Slowly incorporate these changes so that over time, they will become a habit.
As far as snacking in front of the TV, you're setting yourself up for failure. TV is loaded with food commercials that entice us to eat. Studies have shown that the more hours of TV a person watches, the higher their weight. So, if you want to start losing weight, consider cutting back on your TV time. Try reading more even if it's a magazine. Get away from the TV and you'll find you're less likely to snack.
And it is okay to snack, just try to eat healthier snack options. but once again, change takes time !
Be patient with yourself and your body.
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11/28/13 11:49 A
You don't have to. Healthy can be tasty! Berries, fruits, air-popped pop-corn, vegetable strips and hummus, nuts, olives. Why would you want your DH and mum to eat unhealthy "treats"? Don't they deserve to eat healthy? They may not need to lose weight, but I'm sure nutritious snacks won't do them any harm, it will probably do them good :)
Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate is on of my personal favorites. Pretty healthy and very tasty!
I am about 50 pounds overweight and I just seem to keep slowly gaining even if I try to watch my diet.
My worst time is when I am watching tv in the evening. I try to have only good, low cal snacks but that does not always work out in a home with two other people. I cannot deprive my husband or my mother of tasty snacks.