Fast and easy are two of the reasons that can get you into trouble with junk foods. When you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, it is important to think about what you are choosing to eat when you get hungry during the day. Instead of reaching for bags of processed and sugary foods, try and reach for some healthier options (snacks, breakfast or other meals). Here are some tips from Dr. Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer, and Dr. Oz from the Cleveland Clinic:
- Cut-up vegetables: Slice them, bag them, eat them. Nothing wrong with baby carrots, grape tomatoes and broccoli florets, but if you prefer jicama, sugar snap peas, and orange pepper strips, go for it.
- Sauteed vegetables: Saute them in olive oil with chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, or a good dash of turmeric. Refrigerate and use for side dishes or hot snacks (warmed in a microwave).
- Soups: Make one or more of your favorite soups with vegetables, beans or lentils and store them in serving-size cups in the refrigerator. Have a cup as a pre-dinner appetizer, to take the edge off, or at snacktime.
- Steel-cut oats: If you’re worried about time, cook up one week’s worth of oats according to the package directions and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. For some people that may seem as appetizing as a slice of baked wrapping paper, but reheated oats actually taste great.
- Emergency foods: Every house needs fire-extinguisher foods — good-for-you choices that will put out three-alarm starvation fires. Our list of foods include: a handful of almonds, peanuts or walnuts; bags of store-bought, pre-chopped fruits and veggies; dried fruit; and edamame.