Monday, October 23, 2006

Clean Up Your Cupboards

"I buy the cookies for the kids" "My spouse really likes chips" Sound familiar? It does to me too! I know you know which foods are healthy and which ones you should avoid but let's face it: you are human and temptation is always calling. Here are some tips to keep the tempting treats fair away and some healthy alternative to satisfy your cravings!

1. Don't Buy It!

If you know you have a weakness for chocolate chip cookies - don't have them in your house. Out of sight out of mind. If you have a sweet tooth, stock up on fruit Put some grapes in the freezer and have them as a snack or have a glass of chocolate milk - a great source of calcium too! Do you love salty chips? Try a baked alternative

2. Get Rid of it
Go through your cupboards and throw out anything that may temp you - chips, crackers, pastries and cakes. I know this may be painful but you waistline will thank you. Have a soft spot for ice cream? Try frozen yogurt instead!

3. Stock Up on Snacks (the healthy ones)
Fill you fridge with fresh vegetables and fruit. Munch on carrot sticks and hummus or make a fruit salad. Make a smoothie (see recipe below) - you will never miss the cookies!

4. Eat Regularly
If you eat mini meals throughout the day you may be less likely to snack on the unhealthy stuff. Try to eat every 3 hours to keep your glucose levels up and your cravings at bay. Make sure that you eat a variety of whole food and a balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

5. Drink Up!
Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst When you feel a snack attach coming on - have a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you are still hungry, have that smoothie I mentioned before (yum)

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