Snacking in the Kitchen the Healthy Way

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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I told you last week that I am trying to pay more attention to what I eat these days, not just to health, but to calories for weight loss.  I’ve been very happy with the new app, My Fitness Pal.  One of the things I notice most (when I’m paying attention) is I am a picker.  I pick the food off my kids plates when they say they are done.  My son hates his crusts, I love them.  I pick a spoonful of rice or two to make sure it is ready, not sure why a few grains can’t do.  I pick a few forks full of pasta just to be sure it is al dente.   I rack up the calories before even sitting down to dinner.  Sometimes I am full by the time I sit down and I still eat more.

It’s time to pick without packing it on.

Whenever my 3 year old daughter helps in the kitchen she loves to pick, too.  So I try to have cut up fruits and veggies for her.   She loves cucumbers.  She eats and I can cook.  I realized that could work for me, too.  I started to cut up all sorts of veggies, carrots, celery, and my current favorite, peppers.  I keep them sitting on the counter so if I have the urge to munch it is a no brainer.  Just be careful.  The other day, I had a pile of peppers for fajitas and my little girl kept coming over and grabbing a few.  All of a sudden her face turned red and she made a funny face, coughed and asked for water, that is when I realized she ate a jalapeno, now she won’t try green peppers.

Anyways, my suggestion is to prepare healthy snacks to have easily accessible, and remember if you are trying to lose weight you have to focus not just on healthy snacks, but low calorie ones.  One red pepper is only 35 calories, that is my go to right now.  What’s yours?