Are you trying to stay on a healthier diet?  Along with your exercise plan, here is a tip to help youcut down on buying junk food....  simply, use cash at the grocery store.  Recent research shows that if you leave your debit card home and pay in cash, you will purchase far less unhealthy foods.  When shoppers actually see the cash they spend on food, they want to get more for their money as far as nutritional value.  Only 14 percent of people shop with cash.  This may be one of the factors of the recent obesity epidemic.

If you want to snack, it is perfectly ok.  In fact, snacking the right foods may keep you from over-eating at regular meals.  Snacking 3 times a day will help you to plan for less food at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Some healthy low calorie snacks include peanut butter with multi grain crackers, unsweetened apple sauce with cinnamon, veggies dipped in hummus, edamame and nuts.

 Another simple recipe for a crunchy healthy snack is Kale chips. You preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Remove thick stems from 1 bunch (or more) of kale, and spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Spray with nonstick cooking spray to coat, sprinkle with salt.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes until kale chips are crisp, but not brown.  You can dip them in fat-free or low-fat buttermilk dressing.

Studies also show that when you are munching on healthier choices, you think of the food and "tasty" instead of "healthy".  If your mind says delectable, savory, juicy, crunchy and other "good" words, you will feel more satisfied at meals and not want to fill in with something unhealthy.