Do you find yourself reaching for the candy bowl or that bag of chips on your counter as you rush by on your way out the door? Statistics show you are three times more likely to eat the first food item you see in your kitchen or refrigerator over the fifth one? As we all know, it is much easier to grab something convenient rather than to look in the back of the fridge or find something that needs time to prepare. Often times we end up choosing unhealthy snacking options. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to get rid of the candy bowl sitting on your kitchen counter and swap it out for dozens of healthy options. We want you to display three bowls of healthy snacks on your countertop or in your refrigerator.
Making conscious decisions such as keeping healthy foods in plain sight is an easy way to stay healthy and change your eating habits for the better. Here are some suggestions:
-Put a bowl of carrots and hummus on the middle fridge shelf to immediately catch your eye so you will be more inclined to grab that to eat!
-Take one day of the week to cut up fruits and vegetables and keep them ready-to-eat in your fridge. You might choose strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple for sweet options; cucumber, celery, or sugar snap peas for healthy veggie snacks.
-Keep a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter or near your desk where they will easily be seen. Bananas and tangerines are good snacks to keep around the house when hunger strikes in between meals. Instead of reaching for added-sugar snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth, fruits are a healthy alternative.
-Reach for protein rich nuts if you need a snack to help you feel full and and to keep your mind alert. Almonds are barriers against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, and they have a shelf life of about 2 years! They are perfect snacks to grab while running day-to-day errands. Ditch the boxes of granola bars and pretzels from your cabinet and replace them with raw, unsalted almonds on your counter.