To be successful in weight loss and weight management long term, SMALL CHANGES need to be made with SPECIFIC Goals. One of the biggest pitfalls I see with my clients is not planning snacks. It is a simple step that is overlooked. For example, the banana is a great snack for a busy woman. Sounds too simple, but just adding in that one specific goal can make a huge difference. Healthy Snacks will
- Help you meet your daily nutrient requirements
- Regulate your metabolism
- Keep you from overeating at your meals due to starvation.
With bananas, there is no preparation; it’s easy to store and meets a sweet tooth for that afternoon craving that usually comes around 3:00.
Bananas are known to help treat anemia; lower blood pressure; resolve bowel issues and constipation; boost brain power and energy levels; fight depression, soothe heartburn; help with mood disorders and stress. The great thing about a banana is they are in season and available year around.
SIMPLE TRICKS OF THE TRADE
The most common complaint I hear about bananas is they go bad too quickly. The best trick for me and my family is to store them in the refrigerator. Even if they turn a little brown on the outside, they remain fresh on the inside.
If you are looking to add a little more protein and need a little more to fill you up in the afternoon, try a tablespoon of peanut butter. These easy to go peanut butter cups can be thrown into a lunch bag and kept in your office.
Or pair it with a low calorie Greek yogurt but remember to keep your snacks around 150-200 calories.
And finally, for something sweet in the evening, have you ever thought about cutting a banana up and freezing it in a zip lock? Believe it or not, it gives the sensation of an ice cream treat.
For this week, set one simple, specific goal such as to add one snack in your daily diet. One that will consists of a fruit or vegetable.
Simple goal: I will eat one banana five days a week.
It’s a great snack for the busy woman.