Snacks can either be friend or foe. Healthy food snacking is certainly a friend, but most often we prefer to snack on the forbidden. And due to this, some people would prefer not to take snacks anymore. So the question for today will be "to snack, or not to snack … that is the question!"
A snack is a portion of food that is usually smaller in amount than that of a regular meal. This is usually taken in between meals and is often considered as junk food since most often than not snack foods contain little or now nutritional value at all. And in this view, snacking becomes a foe.
However, we can always turn snacking from foe to friend buying changing how we view it and how we eat it. There are some critical questions that you need to ask whenever you grab a snack:
1. What comes to your mind when the clock strikes 10am and 3pm?
11am and 3pm are considered the snacking time. What cravings do you have? For sweet lovers, it can be a slice of those delicious-mouth-watering chocolate cakes. While for others, a cup of coffee will suffice. How about a bag of chips?
2. How much is enough?
With the definition given earlier, snack is a portion of food that is substantially smaller in proportion than a regular meal. So how much is enough? Shall we feel a bit full before we can say its enough or will we just get a few bites?
3. Will it be wise to eat snacks or just simply wait for mealtime?
Some people get hungry faster than to other. And for those who get hungry faster, waiting for mealtime can be a torture! And by the time mealtime rolls by, the hungry stomachs would literally devour a plateful of food which will then result in more unhealthy eating.
4. What consequences ensue for unhealthy snacking?
Eating a bag of chips is considered as snacking. So is grabbing a hotdog by the stand. How about a slice of that mouth-watering chocolate cake? These are what we call unhealthy snacking, and this can result in higher cholesterol take and less nutrients, which will then result to illness.
So what must be done, you might ask. The questions posted probably had run through your mind as you go about your day-to-day tasks. There is no simple answer for these questions since each individual differences in built, metabolism and function. But there is one way to change snacking from foe to friend and that is making it a healthy way of snacking. When you get hungry easily, you do not have to wait for mealtime and when you're craving for sweets, do not go for the chocolate cake. You can always grab that shiny, red apple and you can eat as many as you like; or how about that fibrous-rich pineapple. There are a lot of ways to make snacking healthy, but that is an option or choice that one has to make. Calorie counting is good, but when otherwise, grab fruits not chips!