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Stop the Habit of Mindless Munching

By Creating a Single-Serving Snack Environment

If you’re like me, it’s dangerous to open a bag of chips or cookies and sit down to watch TV. Unconscious snacking can destroy your efforts to cut back on calories and foods low in nutrition. It also reduces your enjoyment of eating because you hardly taste the food you’re mindlessly munching. So you keep eating in order to get the pleasure you were seeking when you started snacking.

That’s why I take a few minutes each weekend (and sometimes mid week) to create my own single serving snack packs.

Let me explain. As soon as I get home from the grocery store, I make a variety of healthy snack packs to bring to the office. It takes just minutes.

Here are several snacks I packed for the week:

  • baggies of cut up veggies – to have with a ranch dip or humus spread

  • baggies of hard pretzels – single serving sizes so I don’t overdo the carbs

  • containers of whole grain dry cereal with nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries

  • containers of skim milk mixed 50/50 with Rice Dream rice milk to put on the cereal

  • whole grain crackers to have with the humus spread

  • a piece of fruit is usually a single serving

I made all of these snack packs lickity split while listening to National Public Radio (NPR) Celtic and blue grass music – a total good time, not like working hard in the kitchen.

My Assembly Line Production of Snack Packs

These single servings can be packaged really quickly if you set up an assembly-line style of packaging them. Here’s how I do it:

  1. I line up the plastic baggies and put a few of the veggies in each bag and seal.

  2. I pour a little dressing in a small container, seal it, and use it all week (if you want to take it to work).

  3. I decide how many containers of dry cereal I want for the week, set them out on the counter, and put a little of each kind of cereal (I mix them) in each container and top them with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

When packaging processed snack foods like pretzels and crackers, I read the label to see what the serving size is, and I pack that much in each baggie. And I’m in the process of reducing and hopefully eliminating processed foods of all kinds.

I fill reusable containers with any liquids I want to bring to the office for the week – milk, juice, soup.

Simple dimple! Try it, you’ll like it.

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