Think of your favorite treat. Cookies? Candy? Fries? We’ve all got our temptations, and that’s okay!
The key is to enjoy treats in moderation. Think of sweets and fried foods as “extras” in a movie, while veggies are the star of the show.
1. Ride the Crave Wave
When you have a craving for a treat, notice that craving. Ask yourself, “Am I actually hungry? Or am I just bored/stressed/emotional?” Give yourself 20 minutes before deciding if you’ll eat the treat or not.
2. Replace a Treat With Produce + Protein Snacks
Satisfy your hunger. Enjoy mixed nuts with fresh snow peas, crunchy carrot sticks with creamy hummus, or crisp celery with a little natural peanut butter.
3. Enjoy Treats Mindfully
If you decide to indulge in a treat, give it your full attention. Turn off the TV, set your phone down, and tune into your food. Notice the colors you see and the aromas you smell before you eat it. As you eat, take just one bite at a time. Notice the textures you feel, the flavors you taste, the feeling as you swallow. This slow process of mindful eating can make treats more satisfying.
Trying out these simple tricks can help you keep your health goals on track ― and get more out of the food you love!