I did a Q&A over at Examiner.com with Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. He's been working with Wrigley, maker of Extra Sugar-Free Gum, to come up with ways to win the midafternoon munchie wars. To read the entire interview with Bob, click HERE. But here's a tip from Bob:
Q. What are some good ideas to bring from home to work?
A. One convenient tip I recommend to help folks combat unnecessary snacking is keeping a pack of Extra sugar-free gum handy, and chewing it when that temptation sets in because research shows chewing Extra can help reduce snack cravings. I like Polar Ice because of the long-lasting mint flavor. Other great low-calorie options for that afternoon snack would be:
- An apple with a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter
- A handful of raw or dry roasted nuts.
- A cup of nonfat Greek yogurt with a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries
- Low-fat cheese stick and a few Triscuits
It is all about planning ahead and making sure you have healthier snacks to choose from.
Here's the cool partWe want to give Shrinking Sisters something to chew on. So chew on this:
What's your biggest weakness at afternoon snacktime, and what's your favorite healthy snack?
The 4 best answers will win a copy of Bob Harper's book Are You Ready!: Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever. Ten finalists will win a whole bunch of packs of Extra Sugar-Free Gum. Then we'll share your answers with readers.
All you've gotta do is post a comment below. Don't worry about leaving your e-mail address or other personal info -- we'll deal with that later. And don't worry, we won't use your info for anything other than getting you your prize.
We'll give you until Feb. 16 to get your answers in.