Abbey’s Smart Snacks to Avoid the Holiday Binge
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are anticipating a packed calendar of staff parties, family dinners, decadent buffets, and grand feasts.
With so many high calorie splurge meals on the horizon, it’s easy to fall into the dangerous restrict-binge-repeat cycle.
We all do it! We “prepare” for the big dinner by starving ourselves all day, then arrive famished and make a b-line for the mini- sausage rolls and cheese.
To compensate, the next few days are spent “repenting” for our alleged sins, which puts us in a perfect place for another opportunistic binge.
Believe it or not, they key to avoiding the Santa-Claus effect isn’t dieting- it’s actually eating! If you arrive at the festive meal emotionally and physically undernourished, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the holiday-bender.
Instead, before you head out, enjoy a snack with slow-burning protein, fibre, or healthy fats for long lasting satisfaction and satiety. Check out some of my favourite snacks!
Without any artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or gluten, SoLo GI bars have become my routine snack. They’ve got 200 calories, 10-13 g of protein, 3-4 g of fibre, 8 delicious flavours like Chocolate Mandarine and Coconut Pineapple, and are surprisingly low on the Glycemic index (23-35).
That means enjoying one before the feast can help stabilize blood sugar so you don’t end up ravenous at the buffet! www.soloenergybar.ca
IÖGO Greek Yogurt
I’m all about the Greek yogurt, and this Canadian Dairy Farmers-owned company is my go-to brand. For around 80 calories per ½ cup, you get 11 grams of protein, zero artificial flavours, colours or added sugar (if you opt for Plain), as well as calcium, vitamin D and active bacteria to promote digestive health.
All that protein is perfect for getting you through cocktail hour, while its thick, luscious texture still feels like a treat. www.iogo.ca
In a rush? I like to keep an ounce of almonds (about 23) in a plastic bag in my purse and chew them mindfully in the car ride to dinner. With a bit more time, I smear an apple with natural almond butter for extra fibre and a sweet crunch.
Either way, almonds hunger-crushing combo of protein, fibre, and healthy fats will help steer you away from the greasy hors d’oeuvres spread. www.almonds.com
So arrive at the holiday party ready to socialize- not stuff yourself! Just try setting yourself up for success with these satiating snacks!