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Put Snacks on a Plate to Avoid Overindulging

Smarter Eats: Eat Snacks Off a Plate, Not From a Package

I'm in the midst of a snacking revelation. Instead of eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream straight from the container, I've been putting it in a bowl. Total game changer. I know that you're probably thinking, "Big deal, Fit. Most people eat out of bowls!" But when it comes to snacks, a lot of people do eat straight from the container. I see it every day: the mister eating chips from a bag, or friends munching on crackers directly from the box.

Think about it; when you grab snacks from a box or bag, it's a bit like mindless eating. There's no sense of how much or how little you're eating. Also, there's no clear end in sight. Putting snacks on a plate helps you practice portion control and allows you to engage with your food more. The more you engage, the more likely you'll be to make healthier eating choices. So the next time you're snacking, put it on a plate. Chips, cookies, popcorn, whatever! If you see what you're eating, you're more likely to be accountable about your diet.

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
I control my portions of my treat foods, too. I can't trust myself to eat 1/2 cup of ice cream and be full; I put a yogurt in the freezer and let it get semi-frozen so it tastes like ice cream. I like to snack on light microwave popcorn, but since I know I'll eat the whole bag, I account for the calories that are in it so I don't eat too many calories for my snack.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 5 years
I've found in the way of icecream that it actually works better for me to eat from the carton! lol. I just grab a spoon, take a heaping spoonful and shove it in my mouth and toss the spoon in the sink or dishwasher. Once I've tossed the spoon, I don't want to dirty another one or take the time to wash the spoon off just so I can use it again. I turn on my heel and I walk away. When I eat ice cream from a bowl, I'm more likely to pile in more than I need because even a large scoop looks like not a whole lot when there's a bunch of empty space in the bowl! lol
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