www.huffingtonpost.com - July 16th, 2012
Hopefully we always have choices when it comes to eating, but you know how it goes -- extra innings, delayed flight, a friend's barbecue. Whether we consider ourselves healthy eaters or not, we've all likely found ourselves somewhat stranded with few appealing nibbles. And, if Fritos, Doritos and Cheetos give you anxiety, you may find yourself uncomfortably hungry and even worse -- appearing antisocial. But guzzling down junk food that's going to make you feel awful is no solution. So, what do you eat when the healthy options are slim pickings?
A party may often include a veggie or fruit tray -- that's a no brainer, of course. Skip the gloppy white dips, and see if somewhere else at the party there's a bowl of fresh guacamole, hummus or salsa to dress your veggies with.
Grab a handful of pretzels. Most contain a few ingredients: flour, barley malt and salt. If you don't have a wheat allergy, these are a healthier choice than the fried and most-likely genetically modified corn chips. Avoid the flavored and soft pretzels as they can contain artificial and bad-for-you ingredients.
Nuts are often hiding in a bowl at the edge of the bar or even at the stadium concession stand. They can keep you feeling full a lot longer than the junk foods, and the healthy benefits of nuts like almonds, peanuts (or if you're lucky, macadamias) far outweigh the salt they may be swimming in.
Use your spidey senses to sniff out the dark chocolate. Chocolate is a nutrient-dense powerhouse that can also keep you feeling full, and it will boost your mood, which is especially helpful if there's not much else you can eat.