Saturday, May 3, 2014

Snack Attack!

by Mary Kennedy
Writers are notorious snackers (maybe you are too.) There's something about spending long hours at the computer that makes you want to reach out for a carrot stick. (Just kidding!). Most writers (and other folks) admit that their favorite snacks tend to be high in sugar and fat, or insanely salty and crispy.


Why do you suppose that is? One explanation is that fat and sugar release dopamine (a feel-good chemical) into the brain. That's why it's so easy to binge on sugar cookies. When's the last time you saw someone binge-eating brussel sprouts? Never? That's what I thought.  And salty, crunchy foods pose their own special problem. That advertising slogan, "Bet you can't eat just one," is oh-so-true.

But what if you could prepare some healthy snacks, keep them crisp and fresh in the refrigerator and pull them out as needed? Would they be as satisfying as the sugary and salty treats you tend to crave? Most people can find delicious substitutes, even though it takes a little more effort than opening a bag.
A little plate of  fruit and cheese is a good choice because it has both fiber and protein.

Or hummus and veggies. Another filling food! And very tasty. You can always add some herbs to plain Greek yogurt and make a fabulous dip, if you're not a fan of hummus. Or add a little powdered salad dressing into Greek yogurt. Just remember that presentation is important. Veggies wilting in the back of the refrigerator are not attractive, veggies sliced and arranged on a plate are!


     And if you absolutely must have "bread-type" carbs, whole wheat pita, topped with veggies and just a sprinkle of low-fat cheese, makes an excellent snack. Just run it under the broiler and you can pretend it's pizza, without the fat and calories. Flat bread is a great choice too, only 150 calories and you can buy the high-fiber variety.


All it takes is a little planning and you can beat those snack attacks. What's your favorite snack? And is it related to your mood? 
Mary Kennedy


SandyG265 said...

My favorite snack is fresh fruit. I think that's because that's what we ate for snacks when I was a kid. My Mom didn't buy chips or soda.

Anonymous said...

I love junk food, especially if I haven't eaten in a while. Trying to be good is challenging for me so I am taking baby steps to improve my snacking habits.

Aurian said...

Lol great post, but you don't convince me. I love salty chips, dipped in herb cream cheese, and I love cookies with chocolate.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Sometimes I have to work hard to convince myself, Aurian. . I hear ya about the salty chips! And herb cream cheese...I love that, too!! It's too bad that these things are sooooo tempting.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

I think baby steps are good,anonymous. It's better to be consistent with baby steps, I think, instead of planning a HUGE change and only keeping it up for a day or two. Good luck with your lifestyle changes. If you slip from time to time, don't beat yourself up over it, remember, tomorrow is another day!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Sandy, that's fantastic that your Mom kept loads of fruit in the house and didn't buy chips and soda. Those early habits really matter, thanks for stopping by!

Unknown said...

Dark Chocolate M&Ms. especially when I am doing things like paying bills.
Potato chips also, and so hard to stop eating.
I do try to be healthy for an afternoon snack and have things like fruit and cheese or nuts.