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Okay, breakfast is over, but it isn't lunch and your stomach is growling!  If you work at home or in a very private office with a door-no worries.  However, if you are the mass majority-everyone can hear your body grumbling.

That isn't all that's happening.  Your insides are telling you that fuel levels are running on low.  When you are actually hungry (not bored or smelling someone's just popped bag of popcorn) what you need to do is have a healthy, simple, low-cal snack.

We all know what we're supposed to eat, but it's not always what we want to munch on.  The best way to give ourselves a mid-morning or mid-afternoon boost is to prepare.  The best way to prepare-do it BEFORE you need it.

I like to buy jicama, celery, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower-just to name a few.  Of course, I also stock these vegetables because these are just a few my family enjoys.  When financially possible-we also eat a lot of asparagus, artichokes and chayote.

What I'm recommending is-buy your favorites while they're in season.  Then prepare them to the point of they're in your favorite plastic bag ready to be eaten.  When you're putting together your lunch-get a mixture of what you want for the day and add it to whatever else is in your bag.  

Who wants to eat those veggies plain?  Whip up or buy some hummus (recipes in the next post!) measure it out and put it in a small container.  Not into hummus-measure out some kind of nut butter-or make a non-fat yogurt dip.

Try different fruits-or try freezing some grapes.  If you can afford the calories-measure out some roasted almonds or walnuts.  Now that so many companies are making snack size or 100 calories pre-packaged items, these are also a good alternative if you want some popcorn or even chips or cookies.

Listen to your stomach-when it growls, it really does mean that it needs some nutrition-NOW.

Add a glass of water, green tea, de-caf coffee or some flavored water (use a slice of lemon, orange or lime)

Snacking doesn't have to be high in calorie or boring.  Next post, how to make snacks tasty and fun.



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