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This is not a snack

This is not a snack…







These aren’t snacks either. (I don’t want to just pick on Lay’s)

Lay’s (and the like) are TREATS.

Why the distinction?  We often make our food choices quickly.  Relying on rules of thumb to help us choose healthier fare.  We consider a snack a better choice than a treat.  If you view a food as treat, you’ll indulge less frequently than if you consider it a harmless snack.

Consider: Would you have a slice of chocolate cake to hold you over to dinner?  Of course not.  You recognize it as a treat.

Further, a snack’s job is to curb your appetite until your next meal.  Chips can’t meet this requirement. They spike your blood sugar and leave you feeling hungry again in an hour.  I love chips (Doritos especially), but I gotta tell you, I’m very disappointed in their behavior.  Masquerading as a snack! Shameful!

There’s more. A new study shows Americans get one-third of their daily calories from snacks.  That’s not all bad.  Most dietary advice these days says have 6 small meals throughout the day.  At least three of those would have to qualify as snacks.  It’s obviously a problem, though, when we eat treats as snacks.

I know the problem. Believe me.  You’re hungry and you need something quick.  The quick options are usually chips, candy, cookies, and cracker packs.  All are treats, sadly.

But all is not lost.  Some good and delicious snack options are out there. On Friday I’ll give tips and ideas for snacks that are actually, well, snacks.


Eat by Stars: Five Examples

On Tuesday I broke down my simply system for rating what foods are healthy.  Starting next week you’ll see one food ranked per day at the end of each post.  Here are five examples of what you’ll see.

Organic Spinach

Per 3 cups raw: calories 10, fat 0g, carbs 7g (0g sugar), protein 2g             

I’ve already waxed poetic about my love of spinach.  Chock full of vitamins, easy to prep, and tasty. I may consider it the perfect food.  Non-organic status knocks this powerhouse down to a  3 star.

Organic Peaches

Per 1 large: calories 68, fat 0.4g, carbs 16g (14g sugar), protein 1.6 g

Because of high sugar content I generally rank fruits 4 stars.  Please do not take this as a negative.  Four star foods can and should be eaten with daily regularity. And peaches are vastly superior to candy for your sweet tooth.  Like spinach, organic for peaches is a must.      


Per 2 slices: calories 80, fat 6g, carbs 0g, protein 5g, (290mg salt-12%DV)

Yup, bacon is a solid food choice.  Especially if you nuke it on a paper towel to absorb the fat.  Bacon adds tons of flavor and is relatively low in calories.  Plus, it’s minimally processed.  The salt content is a definite drawback.  Organic status doesn’t change this delightful food’s rank. 

Soft Tacos (flour shell)

Per 1 taco with beef, cheese, and lettuce: calories 257, fat 11.6g, carbs 23.6g (sugars 16g), protein 13.5g

I’m talking here about run of the mill, Ortega night, ground beef, make-at-home tacos.  There are obviously steps you can take to make this food healthier, which I’ll discuss later.  But, the refined flour tortilla sinks this meat boat.  Eat as a cheat meal.

Doritos (any flavor)

Per 1 Big Grab (2 ¼ oz): calories 310, fat 17g, carbs 37g (sugars 34g), protein 4g

It’s a shame, really.  I love Doritos.  But it’s mass produced junk food, pure and simple.  Little nutrition value means these guys are for the rare treat, not regular snacking.

For more in depth info click “Nutritional Info” link on right