Decision fatigue is a real phenomenon. As we make decisions throughout the day, our ability to continue to make quality decisions declines. The result is that when you’re nearing the end of the workday and you’re feeling hunger pangs, you will likely reach for the unhealthy snack that’s right there in front of you. The best way to avoid this situation is to arm yourself with knowledge, so that you can make smart decisions easily.
Adopting a Plant-Based Diet
Adopting any new diet can be a daunting task as things you automatically would have done in the past are now subject to new evaluation, so when you adopt a new diet, you are fighting those natural impulses.
Where once you would have reached for those donuts someone typically brings into work, you now have to decide to say no. This is great, but there’s a problem—you’re still hungry! It’s not enough to reject unhealthy foods, we have to work to replace them with healthy alternatives.
Many academic studies as well as the APA (American Psychological Association) have supported the prevailing theory that willpower is a finite resource which can be depleted when continually tested. This means that if you keep cookies at your work space that you resist today, you will very likely eat those cookies at some point. Don’t feel bad! Just understand that it is far easier to avoid temptation than to resist it.
This means that successfully adopting a plant-based diet hinges on understanding what your options are, so you can make healthier choices with thinking twice. A plant-based diet gets easier once your body begins to thrive and feel better. Your brain will be rewired to reach for the snacks that make you feel your best!
Plant-Based Diet: What to Snack On?
A complete snack consists of fiber and protein in order to keep us going until the next meal. When we snack on refined carbohydrates, such as chips, we tend to overeat due to lack of fiber! Fiber and protein promote satiety and provide consistent energy levels throughout the day.
Snacks are a great pick-me-up. We often look for grab-and-go convenience in our snacks, but don’t forget that many good snack options can be kept close at hand in the refrigerator or freezer. Maybe it only needs a few minutes in the microwave to be ready?
Dr. Praeger’s offers healthy snacks that are ready in just minutes! We offer savory snacks like our Puffs and Littles which contain vegetables in every bite. These delicious patties are the perfect way to sneak vegetables into your day and your kids’ day. We also have OATIES Oatmeal Dippin’ Sticks for those want something a little sweeter. Oaties are made of whole grain oats and quinoa. These fiber-rich snacks are healthy alternatives that promote satiety.
Check the Fridge!
Many crunchy vegetables make for excellent snacking including sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, celery, or bell peppers. Make it a complete snack by adding hummus for extra protein and healthy fat. Tip: slice vegetables ahead of time to have them ready to eat when in a rush! Don’t forget that avocados are technically vegetables and can be used as a substitute for mayonnaise and butter.
Not only are these snacks low calorie and a good source of micronutrients, but they provide ample amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber which can increase feelings of satiety as well as regulate and improve digestion. In other words, snacking on vegetables can help keep the pounds off while also keeping hunger at bay!
Sometimes we’re out and about and need a healthy option. Portable snacks include fruit (both fresh and dried), nuts, granola, and other dried foods. Many nut butters come in small packets that can be carried on the go. Bananas are one of nature’s best portable snacks. Spread nut butter on a banana and you have a snack that is a great source of protein, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates to give you a boost in energy.
Convenience Aids Healthy Living
Knowing what you can trust is an important part of learning to make good choice a healthy, every day habit. At Dr. Praeger’s, we put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are not only delicious and nutritious, but often ready in minutes right from the freezer. They’re perfect for busy folks on the go!
Healthy living starts with healthy eating and when healthy eating is made easy, you have the recipe for success!