Working and learning from home has changed our snacking habits, for better or worse.

With the kitchen close by, you don’t have to rely on the vending machine or what you keep in your desk drawer for snacks. You can choose from a wider and hopefully healthier variety of snack options. On the other hand, you can pop into your kitchen any time, which can make snacking too convenient.┬áKind of a double-edged sword.

Here are four ways to engage your clients, students, or other audiences in conversations about healthy snacking:

  1. Compare nutrient-dense vs. calorie-dense snacks. Use our 100 Calorie Snack color download or poster, which shows this concept in colorful photographs. People can see how choosing healthier options, like fruits and vegetables, lets them eat more compared to unhealthy, higher calorie choices like cookies or chips.
  2. Brainstorm about why you snack. Is it really hunger? Or could it be stress, boredom, or procrastination that’s calling you to the kitchen? Tracking can help identify patterns and make you more aware of snacking. Try using our Food and Exercise Log.
  3. Set yourself up for success. Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy options and remember MyPlate when thinking about snacks. Teach these and other tips with our Snacking Smart PowerPoint.
  4. Get support from a friend. You could text each other during the day when you’re tempted to snack, giving you a chance to determine whether you’re truly hungry and holding you accountable to make a healthy choice

Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD

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