In This Small Kitchen: Snacking
In recent years, I’ve developed a new habit, or really the lack of one: I stopped snacking.
I found that I just enjoyed all my labored-over, home-cooked meals a lot more when I was truly hungry for them. And overall my body felt better when I ate three meals a day, not four, not five, not six. That’s only my take; I know there’s a huge variety of appetites and diet plans out there. (I owe you tons of disclaimers, too: I make exceptions for gifted cookies, ice cream stores passed on walks, iced coffees with cream on hot afternoons. But most days, I don’t really snack.)
Still, a girl’s got to keep her blood sugar up. When life pushes dinner into the wee hours, I make sure to feed the hunger and get the energy I need to propel me through that happy hour, networking event, or bike ride home. So what does the anti-snacker snack on?
I go for savory over sweet, and I aim for a dose of protein: an egg, a piece of cheese, a carrot dipped in hummus. When on the go, my favorite snacks are handfuls of almonds or salted peanuts. If I’m going to be out and about, I always keep a KIND bar (flavors of choice: Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon, Macadamia Apricot) in my bag. Sometimes it’ll stay there for weeks until I find myself rushing somewhere at 6:30pm, starving, and seriously thrilled not to have to search the corner deli for my snacking Goldilocks, something edible, healthful, not too big, not too small, not too junky, not too sweet.
Are you a snacker? Savory? Sweet? Are you a KIND bar aficionado too? I’d love to hear!
P.S. Healthful Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, for all your snacking needs.