Dieting is difficult, especially in college. It’s easy to grab a plate of fries at the dining hall instead of opting for a salad. And let’s not forget about the snacks. A late night study session goes great with a bag of chips or some Oreos, doesn’t it?
Let’s talk about ways to combat those unhealthy cravings and become good snackers. That means reaching into the pantry for the right things, and eating at the right times. I am by no means an expert, but these things definitely work for me.
Start the day off with a good breakfast. Breakfast starts your metabolism, and you’ll be energized for the day. Don’t skip breakfast, plain and simple.
Snack on fruits in the morning. If you like fruit, it’s suggested that fruit should be consumed in the mornings.
Pack healthy on-the-go snacks. I get hungry throughout the day. Pack snacks so you don’t become “hangry.” That’s hungry angry for those who are unfamiliar with the term. If you pack healthy snacks, you’ll be less likely to spend your money on unhealthy things. I love Kind bars, pretzels, or trail mix.
Drink water and green tea. If you think you’re snacking too much or grabbing unhealthy foods, drink water or green tea to feel full throughout the day. Plus, it’s good to stay hydrated.
Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored. Another hard one to do. If you’re eating just to eat, you’ll waste calories.
Minimize late night snacking. This can be really hard to do, especially when you’re watching The Bachelor or The Real Housewives. When I am legitimately hungry, I eat a little snack. No one likes going to bed hungry I really love Skinny Girl popcorn for a late snack. It’s unbelievably good. I promise.
Keep in mind that it’s important to snack. Snacking keeps your metabolism going. It just takes a conscious effort to know how to snack in a way that benefits your body.