Social distancing and isolation have led to boredom which has also led to unnecessary snacking. Stopping snacking is easier said than done but here are some ways that can prevent you from snacking excessively whilst at home.
1. Don’t go to the supermarket hungry. Try to have your lunch before going to the supermarket and make sure to write a list. When you do go to the supermarket, try to buy nutritious food like beans, brown rice, quinoa, berries, bananas and apples that keep you full for longer.
2. Cook healthy recipes. Start cooking recipes that you always wanted to try and eat at the table. Try and cook for a few days and put it in the freezer.
3. Drink! Drinking plenty of water and herbal teas can reduce snacking as we become full after drinking them. Also, sometimes we snack because we think we’re hungry but actually, our body is just dehydrated.
4. Find hobbies. Do something that you really like and is likely to keep you occupied for a few hours (drawing, painting, playing an instrument, crafts). Doing something you love takes your mind away from snacking.
5. Plan out your meals for the day. Know what you are going to eat and when. Have regular healthy snacks throughout the day and don’t skip a meal as you will get hungry and this will lead to mindless snacking.
Some healthy alternatives you could snack on…
Fruits (grapes, strawberries, clementines, apples, bananas, berries etc.): Stock your fridge with fruits that you like.
Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts etc.).
Eggs are very filling but don’t eat too many of them.
Veggie sticks (peppers, cucumber, carrots etc.) with hummus
Yogurt with granola
Fresh juice and smoothies. You can buy oranges and squeeze some fresh orange juice. It’s yummy, healthy but it also fills you up with energy.
Dried fruits (e.g. dates, apricots) are perfect to tide over sweet cravings