We’re all wanting to eat better and healthier, but we share a common enemy: Snacks! Definitely one of our downfalls. In fact, the survey conducted by Impulse Research found that 75 percent of those questioned consider their snacking choices unhealthy.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, Sargento has partnered with Devin Alexander, author of Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love, to help those looking to reevaluate their snacking choices and look for smarter options.
The 3:00 p.m. slump – that vulnerable time after lunch yet still hours from dinner tends to be the most popular time for people to turn to candy, cake and cookies at the office machine that can sabotage one’s healthy diet.. Stuck at the office, choices may not be as sensible or healthy and cause a common dilemma in the workplace.
Devin Alexander and Sargento have set the following easy guidelines to take advantage of the office fridge and create a personalized “vending machine” full of sensible treats:
Bring Snacks from Home
- Bring snacks from home is the first step in taking control of your snacking habits. Stocking up at the grocery store is a more budget-friendly option than spending a few dollars each day at the vending machine.
Flavor, Flavor, Flavor
- Making smart choices doesn’t mean you have to rely on bland celery sticks or rice cakes to control your snack cravings. Look for wholesome options that leave you satisfied and also taste great. Sargento natural cheese snacks are only 50 to 80 calories per serving and are great paired with an apple to fill you up for hours before dinner.
Co-Op with Coworkers
- Don’t try to go it alone, start a snacking support system! Coordinate with colleagues to set up a schedule that rotates responsibility for bringing different smart snack options each week. Discuss among each other how you’ll have healthy solutions to replace cupcakes and cookies that often come out at office celebrations and birthdays.
Keep it Convenient
- Snacking shouldn’t add any stress to an already full work day. Conveniently pre-portioned and individually wrapped Sargento natural cheese snacks, like String Cheese or Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar sticks, are a great way to eat on the go.
By using the above tricks to combat poor snacking choices, you should find your afternoons more productive and yourself more energized. Find more snacking tips from Devin Alexander at www.Sargento.com.
You’ll definitely want to grab a copy of Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love. I’m a self-admitted addict of the show and its cookbooks and dvds. I make meals from the Biggest Loser cookbooks and my family never realizes they’re devouring a completely healthy meal.
My copy of The Biggest Loser Cookbook: More Than 125 Healthy, Delicious Recipes Adapted from NBC’s Hit Show is getting so worn from use I may have to replace it!