We’re over 1 week into the New Year and resolutions are already beginning to crack. I am not doing too badly, but I definitely could have put more effort in on the exercise front. Whilst I did get toner, this had far more to do with my new printer than my abs.
Which is exactly the reason that I am now opting for new moment rather than New Year’s resolutions. I figure that it’s much better to start straight away than to wait another 51 weeks.
I have always been the person who would rather eat well and exercise moderately than someone who eats anything and exercises like crazy. As such, I try to stick to 3 bigger meals and 2 snacks a day. In order to do this, I tend to be pretty organised when it comes to what I am going to eat.
There is an incredible amount of truth in the saying failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
I also have a lot of people in my life who get Hangry if they are not fed.
Trust me, with people who get hangry, failing to feed is feeding failure.
I’m not going to name names, but I do want to give a heads up to my future brother-in-law, whoever he may be, that he might want to keep snacks with him at all times… just in case.
Whilst i find that it’s not too difficult to be healthy at meal times, snacking is often where all those New Years resolutions about good-eating habits go straight out the window.
So here are my top tips for healthy snacking.
- Keep healthy snacks easily accessible. Things like nuts, dried fruit and homemade healthy treats are fantastic because you can keep them in your handbag, desk or glove box. Even a few squares of really dark chocolate (75%+) are fantastic to keep around for when those chocolate cravings hit.
- Ensure that snacks have a balance of protein and good fats to keep you full, and carbohydrates for energy. Examples of healthy sources of carbohydrates include fruit, vegetables, whole grains (e.g. brown rice, rye crackers, and wholemeal bread). Proteins include tuna, chicken breast, eggs, yoghurt or nuts.
- Avoid processed snacks such as muesli bars and packaged muffins. These are usually exceptionally high in sugar. If you want to have a muesli bar, I suggest making them yourself. Read the ingredient list. If something looks like it should be on the periodic table, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
- Moderation and portion size are key. Be mindful of exactly how much you are actually eating. Even healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit are high in energy. If you don’t use that energy, it is going to get stored. Be careful that your snacks don’t become a meal between meals. Use them to keep your metabolism going, to regular blood sugar levels and to stop you from getting so hungry that you make poor food choices when need to eat.
- If you are going out with friends, bring along a healthy plate to share. Trust me, people usually really appreciate having a healthy option. I love bringing along cut up veggies, wholegrain crackers and homemade treats (like my savoury doughnuts). You can even make your own dip. This Tzatziki recipe literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and is as delicious as it is healthy.
- 1 cup natural or Greek yoghurt
- 1/2 lemon (juice and rind)
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cucumber grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Thoroughly, mix all of the ingredient together. Season. Eat.
- Optional: add a few sprigs of fresh dill for a beautiful variation. This dip is delicious when used to top roasted veggies, lamb or grilled fish.
Happy New Moment all!