How to manage family snack attacks
How many times have you been tempted by the biscuits or chips you bought to go in your children's lunchboxes? Or found yourself sneaking a sweet out of their unattended packet?
You can't deprive your family of their favourite things just because you don't want to be tempted by them in your efforts to lose weight. BUT you can come to a very good compromise.
Learn what to keep handy in the cupboard and fridge so you're ready for a family snack attack!
- Clear your cupboards of the things you find most tempting. Keep your family happy by replacing these with foods you're not so tempted by.
- Buy healthy, low-fat snacks for your children. Not only will they benefit, you'll be able to enjoy a snack too without the extra kilojoules.
- Encourage them to eat more fruit, vegetables or crackers, and less fatty, sugary foods. The best way to do this is by doing it yourself.
- If you have older children, perhaps you could get them to keep their tempting snacks in their bedrooms or you could have a designated treat drawer for them.
- Plan what you're going to buy before you go shopping. Things are easier to resist in the supermarket than they are when they're in your cupboard!
Healthy foods to stock up on
- Fruit - fresh, dried or tinned in juice
- Vegetables that can be enjoyed raw as well as cooked
- Crackers, rice cakes and corn thins
- Low-fat packet soups
- Diet and low-fat yoghurts
- Cereals - ideal as a low-fat snack (not just for breakfast) - with or without milk
- Sugar-free jelly
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This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.