Gluten-free, less sugar, try paleo, go veg ...?
You CAN be successful in your New Snack Resolution this year – whichever direction you've decided to go -- but you’ll need to be smart about it.
Although your mouth will be doing the munching, it’s your brain that will actually be running the show: deciding how to think about your new food options and then making strategic choices to get the job done.
- Exploration not deprivation: Instead of making your resolution about what you’re trying to give up, reframe it in your mind as ‘My Year of New Snack Exploration.’ THIS year you’ll try a bunch of new foodie treats -- you might not love them all, but you’re bound to hit at least a few winners. Check out snack favorites from other cultures or countries -- it’s definitely easier to dive into a new snack genre if you know you’re in the company of a few million other folks around the world.
- Match your Need: Figure out your motivation for snacking and then use that knowledge to choose healthier treats that will genuinely satisfy you. Do you reach for a snack to liven up a boring afternoon? Some peppery corn chips with peach salsa, or a savory explosion of tangy white cheese popcorn will give your taste buds the thrill they seek. Need an energy boost during the day? The protein in a salty rice cake smothered in freshly ground almond butter can provide the satisfying bump you need. Or, instead of a muffin for a soothing celebration, give yourself the well-earned decadence of a steaming mug of chai tea, sipped between bites of crispy buttery popcorn and tart apple slices. It’s not just about what we’re eating – it’s why we’re eating. Don’t fight it – embrace it … just vary the details a little to make it fit your goals.
- Snack Prep: When and where do you snack? Take some time to figure it out, then plan for it. If you’re resolving to resist the tantalizing call of the office vending machine, come to work prepared with tasty, smart-choice snacks in easy to access Ziploc baggies. Tuck a small lidded container of lightly toasted walnuts with dried cranberries in your purse if you know you’ll be looking to munch on the commute home. Then, set aside time on the weekend to shop for the ingredients you’ll need so you’ll have peppers to dip in garlicky hummus or savory avocados to nibble instead of a handful of cookies from the pantry.
It’s not about willpower – it’s about brainpower. Make it fun, make it effective, be curious, try some weird stuff and then tweak the recipe to make it awesome. It’s not just a diet -- it’s a New Year snack adventure. Now get out there and start tearing it up!
National Popcorn Day on January 19th is the perfect day to kick it all off. Use code SNACKOLUTION19 for 25% off your order of gluten-free, savory, and just generally delicious gourmet popcorn at DocPopcorn.com. And be sure to check back later in the year, too, to see which new ‘limited batch flavors’ have been rotated in to tempt your taste buds and keep the Snack Resolution Adventure popping all year.