The Art of Healthy Snacking

It is day 3 of the New Year already. Wait. Really? So how goes those resolutions to eat healthier this year? If you are anything like me, then you are already feeling the slippage of resolutions as we venture into the first full week of 2016.

But there is hope. The art of healthy snacking is a delicate thing, and one we must cultivate carefully.

A bit too dramatic?

Okay. the best way I have found to stay on track when it comes to snacking wisely is to have lots of those healthy options in my kitchen at all times. Which leads me to the next very sad, however obvious rule to follow. Remove all forbidden snacks from cabinets, pantries, and refrigerators pronto. And yes, that includes any errant munchies stashed under the bed.

Make it easy to grab a healthy snack by having them prepared ahead of time. It is downright near impossible to follow the art of healthy eating when one's stomach is in the throes of hunger pains. So it is imperative to have safe snacks ready to grab at all times in one's kitchen. IMPERATIVE.

These are 15 awesome foods to have ready at the first stomach growl ....

1. Hard-boiled eggs
2. Pretzels
3. Salad - washed and mixed with your favorite salad fixings. Just add oil&vinegar.
4. Turkey Jerky
5. Cut Watermelon
6. Carrot sticks
7. Homemade Baked Zucchini Strips. Cut a zucchini into thin slices, then drizzle olive oil, sea salt and pepper on them. Sprinkle with paprika and bake in oven preheated to 450 degrees for about 30 minutes.
8. Cottage Cheese
9. Canned salmon (or cook salmon and have it cut up in the refrigerator) - Use in salad, or put salmon on crackers for a tasty treat.
10. Crackers
11. Pickles. Lots of pickles.
12. Black beans and salsa. (yum.)
13. Lean turkey slices, veggie burgers, or lean chicken cut up. Eat with a scoop of cottage cheese, or make a wrap with lettuce.
14. Peanut Butter (delicious with sliced apples)
15. Low-fat Popcorn

Finally, we must remember that healthy snacking also requires munching in moderation.  Snacking on crackers does not mean eating half the box at one time. And as much as we may like to, we cannot smear oodles of peanut butter on a couple of bagels or bread with jelly.

The good news? Pickles have no limits. Yum.