The Evils of Snacking

I’ll admit it. I’m a snacker. Instead of having three big meals a day, I eat my way through all 15 hours that I’m awake. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, several small meals a day helps keep the metabolism humming. But, it’s the types of foods that we snack on that can get us into trouble.

When people hear the word “snack” they often think of processed junk. Cheez-its, goldfish crackers, takis, Cheetos, etc. These are the types of foods that fill up many pantries. So, when reaching for a snack, people often default to eating these processed science experiments.

These do no good to your health. They provide little nutrients, and are pretty much empty calories. Plus, the processing methods bring a whole new level of sketchiness. This is why snacking has gotten such a bad reputation.

Rethink the way you snack! Instead of shopping in the center aisles of the supermarket, try to stick to the perimeter of the store. Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and keep them readily available in the house for when you get hungry. Most importantly, get rid of the processed junk!!

Yes, moderation is key. The occasional m&m isn’t going to kill you. But make sure you keep it as an every once in a while snack.

I’ve done a pretty good job at eliminating most processed foods from my diet. Aside from my daily cheerios (all cereals go through a lot of processing), the majority of foods that I eat are “healthy.”

The reason I put this in quotes is because although my snack foods aren’t bad for you, a lot of them aren’t as nutritious as they could be. I tend to fill up on snacks like popcorn. SkinnyPop is my downfall. Although it’s not unhealthy by any means, I could be eating more wholesome foods like vegetables.

I’m going to try and change this. Instead of reaching for the popcorn, maybe I’ll reach for some carrots instead! I was very successful yesterday! I snacked on some carrots and celery when I got home 🙂

Your snack foods don’t have to be snacky either! I sometimes heat up a bowl of oats and bananas to keep the hunger away!

I’ll also have to try this recipe that my aunt sent me. It’s not your typical snack, but sounds great (both for your health and taste buds)!

Here it is: Garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, olive oil. Fry in a little olive oil on high heat until they are all cooked-they’ll pop like popcorn, so put on a lid.

YUM! Perhaps it will be a nice alternative to popcorn 🙂

All of our diets could use a little tweaking. Nobody has the “perfect” diet. We are human after all! Besides, different diets work for different people. Just try to stick to the basics: only have processed foods every once in a while, and eat more fruits and veggies! By doing so, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

How about you?

  • What foods are you guilty of overindulging in?
  • Favorite snack?
  • What in your diet could use some tweaking?

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