What You Need to Know About Snack Portion Control

Want to know how to keep yourself from overeating at snack times? Read on for some tips on healthy snack portion control!

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Ever found yourself thinking “Oh, I’ll just have a little snack” – and find yourself holding an empty container 30 minutes later? Snacks are delicious. We get it. And sometimes, even if a snack is good for you, it’s easy to get carried away and eat more than you intend to.

So what do you do to enforce your own snack portion control?

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DIY Snack Packs

This one’s a no-brainer, but it’s usually easier said than done. Everyone knows eating straight out of the packet is a terrible idea – it’s just such a drag to take the time to portion out a snack when you’re already in Snack Mode.

Instead, try portioning out your snacks as soon as you get them, following the serving size listed on the packet. Got a bag of granola? Split it into 5 mini airtight containers or Ziploc bags. That way, whenever you’re reaching for a snack, grabbing one container is quick, easy, and saves the agony of determining whether you’ve had enough or not.

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Share the Joy

Ever heard the adage “Less men, more share”? The reverse is also true! If you don’t have the opportunity to portion your own snacks out, try getting someone to split a snack with you. Boom – automatic portion control. Plus, you score generosity points among your companions!

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Chug Some Water

As we’ve said before, our bodies often confuse thirst cues for hunger. Thus, drinking a large glass of water before snacking can help to differentiate true hunger from thirst.

Even if what you’re experiencing is actual hunger, the water will take up space in your stomach and curb your appetite temporarily to make controlling your snack portions easier.

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Pay attention

All too often, we snack while multitasking. At work? Grab a snack while completing that report. At home? Munch while staring at the television.

When we eat in a distracted state, our minds generally fail to process how much we’re eating – or even that we’re eating at all. This makes snack portion control way more difficult, as the amount you think you’re eating and the amount you’re actually eating can be way off.

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So the next time you grab a snack, look at your food, chew it slowly, and be sure to enjoy it to the fullest!

Sticky
July 10, 2017

Should I Snack? 3 Things to Ask Before You Snack

Here at Amazin’ Graze, we love snacking. In fact, we love snacking so much, we make (and eat) snacks every day! But we’re also all for snacking responsibly. After all, snacking too much (and on the wrong foods) can certainly lead to health issues such as obesity, poorly controlled blood sugars, and more. So if you’re asking yourself “Should I snack?”, here are 3 things to consider before giving yourself an answer.

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Am I really hungry?

We crave snacks for many reasons – boredom, anxiety, habit..even thirst! Yes, our bodies sometimes mistake thirst cues for hunger, leading us to eat when what we really need is a tall glass of water. So before you decide to snack, ask yourself if you’re actually hungry, or if there’s a different reason behind your craving!

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What time is my next meal?

So, you’ve established that you’re really hungry and could do with some food. But wait – ask yourself another question: what time is your next meal? If the answer is “within the next hour”, it’s probably worth just waiting it out for the meal. Eating a snack too close to a meal can result in haywire blood sugar levels. Plus, you may not have the appetite to eat a proper meal, leading to the need for another snack later, and the cycle continues. Ideally, we should aim to leave about 3 hours of space between each meal/snack to allow our bodies time to digest.

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Is there a way to make this snack healthier?

Okay, you’re hungry and the timing is right for a snack. Before you dive in, how about making the most of the snack by considering how to make the snack even better for you? Hopefully you’re already starting with a good healthy snack base, like granolas or fruit. Consider adding some protein in the form of yogurt or nut butter! Or, if you don’t get many veggies in your main meals, consider snacking on a fresh salad topped with a fun nut mix!

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The bottom line is, putting some thought into when you snack and what you snack on is key into making sure your snacks work for you. And of course, if your answer to the question “Should I snack?” is a “Yes!”, you know where you can find the best snacks in town! Hint – they’re in the Shop tab, and they’re Amazin’!

Sticky
July 03, 2017