Healthy Diet Eating Plan – Healthy Snack Foods
We all love a yummy treat and they are hard to resist. Who does not love lashings of chocolate and ice cream?
However, if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet eating plan then you have to find healthy snack foods that will leave you feeling satisfied and you can enjoy. Remember you can still enjoy some snacks in moderation but you have to try to find alternatives that will replace those things that are definitely not good for your healthy diet eating plan.
It is important to try to keep your snack foods within the range of approximately 100 to 150 calories and not to have them in an amount that would take you over your daily calories count. If you are allowed 1600 calories per day then it is reasonable to have three meals of about 400 calories each and two to three snacks of approximately 100-150 calories each. This should keep you within a calorie count to lose weight and remain on a healthy diet eating plan.
First you can have some chocolate – a small piece approximately two squares of dark chocolate is alright as a snack perhaps every couple of days. I have to say that my preference for chocolate like this is to suck it and enjoy every morsel rather than just chewing it and it being gone in a couple of seconds. The reason you want to limit the amount of chocolate you are eating is to help you break bad habits. New snacking should become part of your healthy diet eating plan.Relying to heavily on foods that are a problem for you does not change your attitude to eating.
Also remember drink about six to eight glasses of water per day especially prior to snacking. It is well known that often our brains misinterpret the feeling of being thirsty for thinking we are hungry. Being dehydrated makes you think you want something to eat. Coke is not okay. You need actual water, as your body interprets soft drink as a food and not a fluid. Besides the caffeine in cola soft drinks actually causes you to become more dehydrated. You may be sabotaging your weight loss by drinking cola based soft drinks. Remember that healthy snacks are to help you stay on your healthy diet eating plan. Do not cause yourself to fail because of soft drinks.
Another great food to snack on is celery. You can eat about 10 large stalks and it will only be about 100 calories. You can make your celery more enjoyable by eating it with hummus or peanut butter. The peanut butter has to go a long way as you should limit the amount you eat to about two tablespoons per day. The celery also gives you that comforting crunch when you bite into it. It is a snack that feels more substantial.
In my opinion the ultimate healthy snack food to keep you on your healthy diet eating plan is air popped popcorn. Two cups full that were cooked in the microwave without any flavoring is only about 60 calories. It gives you a big boost because you get the feeling that you have had a lot to eat as a snack and it seems like something that is normal to enjoy as a snack. It is a snack you can have when friends come and visit and they can enjoy it also. I know if I came to your home I would enjoy air popped popcorn.
These are just a few of the great things you need to know about having healthy snacks. There are many more healthy snacks that you are able to eat and still support your healthy diet eating plan. I will actually be continuing to give you more information on healthy snacks in another article.