Planning for Success: 5 Healthy Snacking Tips

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.”  – Mark Twain

Healthy Snacking TipsWe’ve all woken up determined to eat healthy. But somewhere between our whole-wheat-toast breakfast and our tofu-stir-fry dinner, we’ve all fallen into a pit.

A big, deep pit, filled with salt and sugar and saturated fat.

Good intentions won’t keep you out of that pit: You need a plan. Here are a few tips to start snacking well: 

  1. Start small: Swap your daily soda for a lightly-sweetened, homemade iced tea. Switch to whole wheat bread. Cut 1/3 of the fat – and up to 2/3 of the saturated fat – by swapping out potato chips for Riceworks whole-grain brown rice crisps.

  2. Outsmart the vending machine: Keep healthy food convenient and ready to go.
    • Scrub and cut a bunch of carrots and celery, and store them in a plastic tub of water in your fridge.
    • Wash your apples as soon as you bring them home. Keep them on the counter, where they’ll be an advertisement for healthy eating.
    • Divide a bag of Riceworks crisps into individual servings and seal them in plastic baggies or containers. Just grab a bag when you are ready to go.

  3. Get variety: Your body craves different tastes and foods; eating the same thing every day leaves it wanting more. Keep your taste buds guessing, with Riceworks’ distinctive flavors. Mix and match: Dip our Sea Salt crisps into spicy hummus, or spread cool goat cheese on Sweet Chili crisps. Forget the recipe books; find what works for you!

  4. Stop snacking while distracted! If you eat in front of the TV or computer, your body won’t get the message that it’s been fed. Instead, try “mindful eating”, or paying attention to the color, aroma, shape, flavor and texture of your food. To get started, try this experiment: Eat a Riceworks crisp as if you are writing a review of the flavor. Savor every crunch; Let your tongue tease out every spice it encounters. (You can compare your impressions to ours here.)

  5. Look for the fiber: Simple carbohydrates – sugars – are quickly absorbed by your body. Your blood sugar raises rapidly, then crashes back down, leaving you tired and hungry. Fiber slows the absorption of food and makes you feel fuller. Riceworks crisps have just one gram of sugar and three grams of fiber.

We’d love to hear your own tips for healthy snacking. Send us your recipes, snack ideas, or tips!

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014