Summer Snacking Tips
It’s officially summer and you know what that means… vacations, day trips, barbeques, picnics, and all sorts of fun activities. Summer schedules can become hectic very quickly which may lead to poor dietary choices! These tips will help you to stay on track when it comes to snacking.
- Plan Ahead.
Know you’ll be on-the-go tomorrow? Plan ahead and pack snacks ahead of time to avoid stopping for food while you’re out enjoying the summer sun.
- Keep it Cool.
Many healthy snacks need to stay cool in order to remain safe to eat. Purchase an insulated lunch bag and an ice pack to keep with you or in your car throughout the day so that you can pack snacks such as yogurt, hummus, fruits, and vegetables!
- Think Fresh.
When we think of snacks we tend to navigate towards processed foods such as chips, crackers, cookies, and granola bars which aren’t usually the best choices! When planning your snacks think of ways to incorporate fresh whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. For example, try an apple with a handful of almonds or Greek yogurt with a half cup of fresh blueberries!
- Identify Hunger vs. Boredom.
It’s always nice to have more down time in the summer, however sometimes when we don’t have much to do we eat! This summer, pay attention to your body and be mindful before picking up a snack in the middle of the day. Are you truly hungry or are you simply bored and looking for something to keep you occupied? Instead of munching on something, try drinking water or going for a walk.
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
Are those cookies you bought last week tempting you throughout the day? Keep unhealthy snacks out of your sight by putting them in closed drawers or cabinets. Highlight healthy snacks by placing them at eye level in the cupboard or refrigerator. If you’re still having trouble, avoid the kitchen when possible and keep your mind busy with something else!
- Road Trip Tip.
If you find yourself on a long car ride and forgot your bag of healthy snacks, its okay! Before you leave, try familiarizing yourself with places you may stop along the way and plan out potential healthy snacks or meals that you can purchase. Most restaurants have nutrition information available on their websites!