Forming a New Habit—-Healthy Snacking

Replacing bad habits with good ones (a few at a time) will ultimately establish a healthy lifestyle.  No one can embrace every good idea out there, but one can adopt enough good habits to accomplish the goal of healthy living.  Granted, they will not all fit your lifestyle or preferences, but attempt to adopt one or two a month.  Remember, even small changes can make a big difference.

Assemble a healthy snack stash for use at the office, school, computer desk, or home.  Having healthy snacks available will help accomplish the goal of eliminating processed food from your diet.  Many people fall prey to sodas, chips, and candy bars because there are no healthy options on-hand when a major case of “the munchies” strikes.

The possibilities are endless.  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Trail mix. You can make your own—seeds, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips
2.  Nut butter.  Peanut is not the only choice—try almond or cashew
3.  Something to spread the nut butter on. (Wheat crackers, apples, celery, pita chips…)
4.  Small cans of solid white albacore tuna with a seasoning mix
5.  Fruit leather
6.  Wasabi peas or other dried veggie options.
7.  Frosted Mini-Wheats.  These also partner well with nut butter.
8.  A variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables (easily accessible and washed and ready to eat!)
9. Mini Bell cheeses
10.  Healthy cookie bars (Breakfast cookies, etc)