Smart snacking is essential to upholding a wholesome diet. Snacks provide a quick energy boost when you hit the mid-day wall, and if you choose nutritious foods snacking can reduce sources of empty calories and added sugar.
If your day consists mostly of sitting at a desk, snacks should be 200 calories or less according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics association.
If you have an active daily routine, your snacking calories can increase to 200-300 calories per serving!
Here are few tips to keep snacking under control.
- Try to eat snacks ONLY when you are hungry. Emotional snacking can cause unnecessary weight gain.
- Plan. Plan and Prep – Plan out a variety of snacks for the week and place them in small containers, so preparing lunch boxes is quick and painless.
- Substitute different fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t forget dried fruits as an additional option!
- Air pop popped corn is another low calorie favorite!
- Grocery stores carry a vast variety of good for you nuts, just remember eat them sparingly.
My favorite lunch box is the “Bento Box”, if you haven’t heard of it visit Bento Box here and check it out! Basically, the Bento Box is a portion controlled lunch box. Made up of either small containers or small compartments, depending on the style. The Bento Box makes it easy to keep your lunch in a portion controlled environment!
Another awesome lunch time resource for you and your kiddos, it Mighty Nest! Not only does Mighty Nest have the cutest lunch box styles, but they also have healthy options for containing your kiddo’s favorite sandwich and munchies! Yes, Mighty Nest has lunch time dialed in by offering reusable, non-toxic containers that Moms and Dads can be proud of!!
What does a healthy lunch box look like?
- Filled with nutritious organic foods.
- Packaged in non-toxic containers that are environmentally friendly.