All packaged snacks have serving sizes — but with our busy day-to-day routine it’s oftentimes hard to follow these suggested guidelines. We want to make healthy decisions, yet time often constrains us from doing so. I’ve found it helpful to pre-measure my favorite snacks’ serving sizes, so that when in a rush I can quickly pack up my snack and go. By having a mental image (snapshot) of the correct serving size, I can better estimate the healthy portion suggested on the nutrition facts. Pictured below are images of 7 snacks found in my pantry. Each is measured out to its correct serving size, and is placed in a sandwich sized bag.
My advice? Take some time to make measurements of appropriate serving sizes for all of your favorite snacks. If I’m not taking my snack on-the-go, I often like to place it in a cupcake paper (easy to hold and usually the perfect size for most snack portions). Calorie conscious? Read College Lifestyles’ “Six Snacking Substitutes Towards a Healthier You,” and become a member of “MyFitnessPal“. It’s a free website that provides a fabulous way to keep count of your daily caloric intake… and yes, there’s an app for that!
Don’t let your eating habits take control of your life — be sure to read Maggie’s interview with eating disorder survivor and speaker Lee Blum.
Abby Bryant is an intern with College Lifestyles™. She is a senior marketing major at Georgia College & State University® and is the president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega®. Having a mental snapshot of her favorite snacks’ serving sizes has really come in handy, by both saving her time and by allowing her to experience a healthier everyday lifestyle.