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The Best Healthy Snacks for Stress Eating

by Andrea Updyke

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We know you are stress eating. We’re here to help. Trying to quit emotional eating is a challenge. In the meantime, here are some of the best healthy snacks for stress eating both sweet and savory.

If you have been on or near planet earth for the first part of 2020, you may be feeling a little bit….stressed.

My family in particular has been hit with more than a few curveballs, not to mention it’s an election year and oh yeah, COVID-19 is bringing the world to a halt. 

This is fine. 

We will get through this and to the other side.

I’m actually not in a panic about the health crisis, but I am sitting at home staring at my refrigerator for some kind of food-medicine and I don’t think I’m alone. 

No You Aren’t The Only One Stress Eating

Emotional eating or stress eating is pretty common. According to the American Psychological Association, 27% of adults admit to eating to manage stress and nearly 40% have skipped meals due to stress. 

I’ve talked about my emotional eating many times in the past and despite trying different diets and workout plans, my emotions still tend to rule the school.

I eat to celebrate. I eat when I’m nervous or overtired. I look to food when I am in a holding pattern. 

Hello 2020.

Simply put, I’m not going to stop stress eating. So what are my options? What can I do to stop eating too much? And here is where I think maybe that isn’t the right question.

I’m going to eat. This is well established. 

Reach for Healthier Snacks

So I need to have some healthy snacks for stress eating within arms reach and I need it now more than ever. 

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I’ve gathered a list of things to reach for that will do a lot less damage than a donut. I thought I would share in case you need some fresh ideas. 

I understand that eating 7 clementines is still not optimal, but we have to start somewhere right? I love comfort food as much as the next guy, but at some point we have to grab a veggie. 

The Best Healthy Snacks for Stress Eating

Whether you need a comforting crunch or sweet aftertaste, these snacks are the best alternatives for stress eating when you really want to reach for the junk food.

I’m not saying we should eat unlimited quantities of these foods (except maybe the kale chips).

But if we are all going to be working from our kitchens for the unforeseeable future, we may as well stock them with tasty foods that aren’t full of useless calories. 

Yes, some of us already worked from home before this whole health mess, but maybe we could stand to make a few adjustments too. Ahem.

And if you are wondering how to work from home and keep your sanity with kids around, I have tips for that too. 

Did I miss anything? What are you snacking on?

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Andrea Eisen March 14, 2020 - 10:48 pm

Love these ideas. So many of them are things I’ve wanted to try to make and just haven’t.

I need to get more dippable veggies and use them with some healthier dressings. Not a recipe, but still a good and simple idea.

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Andrea Updyke March 27, 2020 - 10:47 am

Yes! Roasted red pepper hummus is my go to for dipping!

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