How to Avoid Mindless Snacking
You’ve made a new home office: your computer is set up, you’re in your comfy clothes…but you’re surrounded by all of your snacks. When food is around us, it’s so tempting because you are literally biologically programmed to eat food, especially sugar, when it’s around you. However, that isn’t helpful when we’re trying to stay healthy and eat clean. So there bodes the question:
How do we avoid eating all the snacks?
Thankfully, we’ve asked around and put together a few tips:
1. Keep healthy, nutrient-dense food in your kitchen...
...and avoid buying processed snacks. You can’t munch on something that isn’t there! I always tell myself that saying “no” to an unhealthy snack once in the store is better than trying to say “no” 50 times at home!
2. If you want to buy a few unhealthy things, hide them!
Put ice cream at the very back of the freezer. Put the cookies on the top shelf in your cupboards, etc. Make it so you’d have to go out of your way to get these things. The harder they are to grab, the less likely you are to mindlessly munch on them!
3. Grab a sparkling water instead.
Zenblen team member Ashley always keeps sparkling water or a healthy drink on hand. That way, when she finds herself wandering to the kitchen looking for something to do, she can grab one of those instead of snacking.
4. Use a little caffeine to curb the cravings.
Zenblen Nutritionist Connor mentions drinking a little coffee or some caffeinated tea because caffeine is a natural appetite suppressant. You can even add them into your smoothies! Our lead engineer, Constantine, loves our Cherry Mocha smoothie, which has a little cold brew in it.
5. Try giving yourself a time limit.
If you want a snack, wait 20-30 minutes before you grab something. When the time is up, that urge to snack might be over! Or, if you’re still hungry, then let yourself have a little snack.
6. Distract yourself!
A lot of us eat when we’re bored. So, pick up a book, go for a walk outside, call a friend… whatever will take your mind off of eating!
7. Brush your teeth early.
If you love snacking at night, Zenblen’s CEO, Tom, mentions he tries to brush his teeth early so he’s less tempted to eat afterwards!
If you do decide to grab a snack, here are a few tips to keep it healthy:
1. Stick to whole foods as much as possible.
Processed snacks are actually filled with chemicals that make it tough for you to stop eating them, so do your best to avoid that first bite!
2. Eat something with protein and healthy fats.
Any type of fruit
Rice cakes with peanut butter
Oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder
Oven bakes cauliflower bites
Hard boiled eggs
Yogurt with fruit or granola
Deli meat and cheese roll up
3. Portion control!
SWEAT Fitness Trainers Lauren and Carrie talk about putting your snacks in a bowl instead of eating right out of the package. This really helps to make sure you aren’t overeating! They also emphasize portioning out your snacks at the beginning of the day or beginning of the week so they’re easy to grab when you want them.
4. Find alternatives to sweets.
If you have a sweet tooth, find alternatives to foods high in processed sugar. I’m a huge sucker for ice cream so whenever I get a craving, I make extra thick smoothies and eat them with a spoon. It’s a go-to trick for me!
Let us know if you have any other tips, or if any of the above ideas work for you!