I eat Almonds almost everyday.
Do I absolutely LOVE them and crave them? Are they the most delicious snack I could choose?
NO! No, they are not. I typically eat the salt free, raw kind, and there is nothing too tantalizing about them. However, they are so super duper healthy, and for that reason, I make sure I eat them often.
When your hungry for a snack, it's easy to act on impulse and grab whatever your initially craving, (or whatever is available) that isn't necessarily nutritious (Ice-cream, pretzels, chips, or a cookie).
I usually go for something sweet! But this is what I do to keep myself in check...
I grab a handful of almonds (I like to keep them in the freezer. They don't freeze, they're just nice and cold!), and I eat them along with my treat. This really works for me. It balances my blood sugar levels, fills me up, and keeps me from over indulging. So instead of eating 3 cookies, I will eat a handful of almonds, and then only 1 cookie. I'm happy, satisfied, and I didn't deprive myself from what I really wanted.
Also, I love fruit, and I have found that if I eat a few almonds or nuts with a piece of fruit, that will hold me over for a long time, and also satisfy me even if initially what I wanted was icecream, or a cookie...
It's a brilliant trick to play on yourself! Finish reading the wonderful benefits of eating almonds, and try my trick on your next snack break!