While reading about how Canadians have become information snackers who use mobile technology to take in bite-size, easy-to-digest portions of information (think about the ticker that crawls along the bottom of the screen on news channels or the 60-second news breaks so many radio stations offer), I was reminded of the great joy provided by snack food.
Whether it’s a mobile activity or the more conventional couch variety, snacking on little bits of food is actually compatible with snacking on information. Although there’s research that shows chronic snacking is linked to obesity, there’s also a body of evidence that suggests eating more frequent, smaller meals can be good for you.
For me, as long as snacking is done consciously and accounted for as part of your daily calorie intake, there’s nothing wrong with nibbling. In fact, I think snacking should be considered when you make your grocery list since a satisfying snack life can lead to reduced cravings and a general sense of happiness (I speak purely from personal experience!)
-The first step to having a fulfilling snack life is to define your snacking profile.
–Step 2 is to buy the snacks.
–Step 3 is the crucial step that will prevent snacking from having negative results: Divide snacks into appropriate servings so that you can grab them quickly and easily and so that you know when to stop. Pre-portioning snacks means that no matter how engrossing Grey’s Anatomy may be, you won’t unconsciously eat more than you should.
Not sure what kind of snacker you are? Check out these profiles to decide:
-Dried fruit such as: cranberries, figs, dates, raisins, apricots
-Dry cured sausage
-Edamame (immature green soybeans) in or out of the pod
-Green pumpkin seeds
-Frozen French fries
-Roasted red peppers
-Candies such as Smarties, ju-jubes, etc.
-Dry breakfast cereal
Which profile fits you and, tell me, what are you craving right now?
Check out these neat snacking articles at homemakers.com:
–6 healthy homemade snacks
–Healthy snacks at work