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Purposeful Snacking

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Part of my success with Spark People has been learning to enjoy and look forward to creative, healthy snacks. This is in striking contrast to my previous old habits of uncontrolled binge snacking where I literally ate everying in sight to the point of painful discomfort followed by a miserable night of sleep. Good grief, that sounds awful doesn't it? But I really did that almost every evening. My goodness, I'm so glad those days are behind me. Now I plan my daily eating and confirm with my food tracker to see how many calories I want (and need) to take in to complete my day. It's kind of neat to realize that I need to snack at the end of the day to get the nutrition and fuel my body requires. Imagine that, needing to snack! I can deal with this new improved way of living! This kind of snack is good for me and feels like a special treat to look forward to in the evening for good discipline throughout the day. Still, I recently found myself in a bit of a snacking rut in spite of these good changes. I was getting a little tired of my popcorn, nuts, fruit, and chocolate snacks. I also realized that in spite of good overall eating, I needed to get more fiber in my diet. I considered commerical fiber suppliments and saw all kinds of artificial ingredients (and a rather expensive price tag) and decided there has got to be a better way to do this. So I designed a new evening snack for myself - a snack with purpose! I start with a half cup of fiber one or all bran cereal (60 calories, 14 grams of fiber), a half cup of homemade fat free plain yogurt (55 calories - and yes I've started making my own yogurt - it's fun to do) and a half cup of frozen blueberries (41 calories) and mix them all together and I've got a semi-frozen, crunchy, sweet-sour mix that I have found to be quite pleasing and satisfying (156 calories). The fiber is filling and it is providing the desired benefits :) So this is a new twist on my snacking - combining purpose, flavor, and reward treat together in one package. Nice!
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    wow thats amazing! I need to start doing that! way to good what a great example!
    1743 days ago
    Isn't it great that we HAVE to eat snacks? I usually have to eat 2 a day to get all my nutrition in. emoticon
    1745 days ago
  • DJ9ERS
    That sounds like a great snack. I think I may have to try it.

    If you wouldn't mind, and have the time, let me know your recipe for homemade yogurt that you use.

    I admire your dedication, and use you as a measuring stick through the process. I too eat with purpose, and carefully choose my snacks to fulfill my categories as I meander through the day.

    Keep up the good work, and thanks for the idea of a fun, healthy snack!
    1745 days ago
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