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Snacking in the Kitchen the Healthy Way

 

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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?

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!

 

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11 Responses to Snacking in the Kitchen the Healthy Way

  1. I love snacking on Persian cucumbers. They don’t even need cutting!

  2. We keep things like cucumbers, seedless grapes and cherry tomatoes in the house. Not all my kids will touch the veggies, but we try!

  3. See, I love cucumbers and carrots but I love graham crackers with chocolate peanut butter and marshmallow fluff more :)

  4. avatar says: snackette

    I recommend that you check out our Healthy, Kosher, salba-based tortilla chips. They go great with veggies. They are available around New York and on Amazon.com

  5. avatar says: Rena

    Such a good idea. I also make a platter for my kids with cut up cucumber, apple slices, some whole grain crackers, and grapes. Or sometimes i’ll put some cheese or chickpeas for protein. My kids pick at it throughout the afternoon and that way i know they are getting good food till dinner time. Please check out my new blog about everything healthy!

  6. avatar says: Rena

    Oh i thought my blog name would work when you click on my name, i guess not. Check out my blog at nowaythatshealthy.blogspot.com

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