Just like kids getting off the bus starving and would grab anything in sight....we do that when we get home from work. It can totally sabotage your journey...unless you plan ahead. We can all plan our points for dinner but, the snacks is where some people fail. The snacks should be planned as well as our meals. So let take a look at some ideas that can turn into healthy habits. Sometimes the simplest snacks will satisfy.
I never seen anyone eat a 100 calorie pack and say "I'm stuffed".... Keep cut-up, crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and peppers in a container filled with water and refrigerate for a quick snack. While your making dinner you can continue to crunch away. My go to snack is always baby carrots. Think before you eat!! If you are just hungry and don't have anything "Planned" go veggies first to take the edge off long enough to think about what is worth your points/calories.
Wintertime I usually have zero point soup in the refrigerator...This one can be an appetizer while you finish dinner and not spoil your appetite. String cheese and yogurt make great high-protein snacks. Fresh, plain, air-popped popcorn can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
For a frozen dessert to be satisfying, it needs to have some protein and fiber along with the carbohydrate calories. These two choices have a few grams each of protein and fiber. Healthy Choice Fudge Bars, Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars.
And, in case you like some protein along with your crunch, Bumble Bee Tuna now offers a fat- free tuna salad kit complete with low-fat wheat crackers. There's not much in the way of fiber, but the 9 grams of protein could be just what you need in a filling afternoon snack.
Sometimes, there's nothing more soothing than a serving of hot cereal. The Quaker Weight Control line of instant oatmeal is packed with fiber, each packet contributing a whopping 6 grams! It's also much lower in sugar than your average instant oatmeal, with only 1 gram per serving. It does contain the alternative sweetener sucralose (Splenda).
There is always the "Snack Cupboard" for additional snack ideas and new products on the market. Bottom Line: plan your snacks!