Whatever you do, don't go to a party hungry or "save your appetite" for a big end-of-the day meal at the family's. The best idea is to eat light, but eat before the gathering so you’re not ravenous by the time you get there.
Here are some healthy and fiber rich/satisfying so you’re not grabbing everything in sight when you get to the party snack choices:
Bran muffins (Low Fat)
Oatmeal (go old fashioned for the most fiber)
Many breakfast cereals (check the label to be sure your favorite is fiber-rich)
Whole grain toast
Most fruits (But be sure to eat the skin of your apple, where the most fiber is!) Dried fruits aren't the best choice for satiety -- the more water a fruit has in it, the fuller you will feel after eating it
Mixed raw veggies
Protein choices are also a safe bet to stave off hunger:
Nuts like almonds are high protein and will give you an energy burst. Don't be afraid to eat them just because they are higher in fat and calories. You just have to watch your portion size. Try a handful of almonds for a crunch craving satisfier that will fill you up.
Go for a "two-fer" by combining two snacks into one. Putting peanut butter on your apple will give you a power surge.
Eat some reduced fat cubes of cheese with your fruit.
Yogurt is a great way to sneak dairy into your diet if you don't like drinking milk. Dairy products contain calcium, and recent research has shown that calcium may actually help us lose weight. There are regular and reduced- and non-fat varieties and many brands of yogurt. If you don't like it at first, keep taste testing until you find one you love. Yogurt packs a protein punch that will help you feel energized and satiated. Check the label for L. acidophilus (live active yogurt cultures) and you'll be doing your tummy a favor. L. acidophilus benefits digestive health.
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