I have a very bad habit and I know I'm not the only one. Instead of making my own meals (or, even worse, despite eating my own meals), I finish whatever my kids leave on their plates. Doesn't matter if I'm hungry or not, I just swoop in and clear it off. Part of it is that I hate to see food wasted, but part of it is just subconscious. I don't even realize I'm doing it half the time.
Lately I've been doing my best to eat better. And while I'm trying to cut down on snacking, I'm learning that smart snacks can be an everyday part of healthy living. To that end, enter Kellogg's Special K Granola Bars (compare prices). I had the opportunity to try some and from the first bite, I knew I found my snack solution. The 110 calorie bars come in two flavors to please the sweet tooth in me -- Dark Chocolate and Chocolatey Peanut Butter -- and feature 4g of fiber and 4g of protein.
Even more, the folks at Special K and Kellogg's have offered up these tips for ongoing weight management.
- Divide your plate. At mealtime, manage your portions by dividing your plate. Fill half of your plate with veggies or salad, but steer clear of fatty dressings. One-quarter should be lean protein -- fish, chicken or beef -- grilled, baked or poached. And the last quarter should be starch -- but watch the butter or oil. It's easy to remember at home or in a restaurant.
- Plan ahead. Curb the afternoon munchies by planning ahead. Tempted to hit that vending machine? Have some string cheese, a Special K Granola Bar or a handful of nuts ready to help keep you satisfied. Keep them in your car, desk drawer and purse for a quick snack.
- Start journaling. Keep a food journal noting what you eat, how much, when and where. Journaling can help hold you accountable for what you eat and makes you think twice before overindulging. Plus, you can track and feel good about your progress.
What is your favorite snack?
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