I can’t go a day without snacking. If you’re like me and love snacks, it can be hard to keep yourself from indulging. I used to eat something sweet at about 2:30pm everyday at work, just to get myself back up and alert. Nowadays, I’m trying to build better habits. I’m actually eating more than I used to, but filling my appetite with anything besides what’s in the vending machine. When I need a pick-me-up, I usually try to get my hands on these snacks!
When I was younger, my mother didn’t let us eat too much junk food. I literally didn’t know what a Dorito was until I started going to school. The closest thing to chips we had was popcorn. Air-popped popcorn is apparently a good source of fiber, says one of the nurses I work with. I don’t really about those kinds of things, I just know it’s good. Ha! Every now and then, I eat about half 2 cups of unsalted, no-butter popcorn on days when I might feel empty in the afternoon and can’t eat until I get home.
I eat three apples a day, I don’t know if that’s too much but I love apples so much. When I was in third grade, I remember taking the classroom’s apples from the lunch cart because I wanted to eat them at home! No one was eating them at school, anyway so…. I’m not too sure about the health benefits of apples either, but my paternal grandmother once said to me, [Filipino accent] “Apples are good for my high blood [pressure], you should eat them too.” So, I guess that always stuck with me! haha
My mom swears that bananas keep her from feeling bloated. Naturally, my Asian Mom wants me to maintain a healthy weight (hahaha do you sense my sarcasm and underlying issues in this statement?), so she always reminds me to eat my bananas. Which, I don’t mind because they’re also one of my favorite fruits. As a snack, I’ll eat bananas with peanut butter or, of course, by itself.
2. Sweet Potatoes
I have very vivid memories of my maternal grandmother boiling sweet potatoes every day when I’d get home from school. There would be half a dozen sweet potatoes ready for me to devour. I’ve always loved them, and to this day, I’ll eat them wherever, whenever. I’ve only recently learned about its health benefits.
1. Swiss Cheese
I LOVE CHEEZZEEE! When I used to dance, we would always have swiss cheese for after-practice snacks. They were part of our protein regimen, and I just haven’t been able to shake them since. However, this isn’t a snack that I’ll eat a hoard of at one sitting. I just think it fills my unrelenting cravings for cheesy things and I’ll eat a couple small pieces if I get a hankering for chips or a burger. I ultimately want those things because of the cheese! hahaha
Aside from this list, my ultra-forever-favorite things to eat are: cucumbers, grape tomatoes, persimmons, and all the melons!
What are your favorite snacks?
Note: I am not a doctor nor an expert in health/dieting/fitness/etc. I just like to eat these foods and was told they were somewhat better choices. If you’re starting healthier habits and don’t exactly know where to start, please consult someone (i.e.: not me because I’m a n00b) who knows what they’re talking about. =)