Snacking Do’s and Don’ts

By Dr. Laura Trice

I admit it. It takes an effort to sit down for food since there are so many things that need my attention at Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food. It is kind of like Willy Wonka meets the Northpole year round. Due to this, I have become an expert at snacking. In my world, the key to snacking is more about what we snack on and not so much about how much we eat. That is one of the reasons I wrote The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook.

Snacking Do’s

  • Bring good, snackable foods into the house. By this, I mean foods that we don’t worry about snacking on. Examples include, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, cucumbers, apples, watermelon, pears, almonds and walnuts. Most fruits and vegetables that make up a fruit plate or raw veggie plate are good items to pick up with our hands and to take the edge off of hunger while providing valuable vitamins and nutrients.
  • Have a variety of salty, sweet, gooey and crunchy. If all that is around are celery and carrot sticks, then when the desire for sweet arises, you may be tempted to head to the store for a dessert. By always having fruit or homemade healthy cookies, the sweet craving can be met at home in a good way. For gooey, I like having maple syrup and honey around. Nuts or raw celery and carrots are good for salty and crunchy cravings. Learn what both nourishes and satisfies you and your family and keep it around the house. Running out of snacks almost guarantees snacking on less healthful things.
  • Remember plain water, herbal teas and essence waters. Sometimes, when we think we are hungry we are just thirsty. Try having a glass of water, herbal tea or essence water (slice of fresh orange or cucumber – see The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook.)
  • Make the snacks visible in the fridge. I do not use the crisper drawers because we “forget” that the good snacks are there. I have a snack shelf so everyone knows where to look. Or do a protein, vegetable and then fruit shelf. If you don’t see it right when opening the fridge, it is harder to snack wisely.

Snacking Don’ts

  • Leave snacks un-prepped. Have everything washed and ready to go so when you open the fridge, it is ready.
  • Buy anything that you might “over” snack on that is bad. Like potato chips, candy, pastries, ice-cream. If you must, buy the teeny, tiny kid lunch potato 1 serving size bag per week. That way, when it is gone in one sitting, it is okay.
  • Don’t worry about snacking. As long as you are getting out for walks, staying active and snacking on good items, relax and enjoy.

About the Author

Author Dr. Laura Trice is on a mission to make healthy eating more fun and provides easy-to-follow steps for each recipe. The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook introduces the importance of eating healthy and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find familiar favorites like Cinnamon Buns and Apple Pie transformed into healthier desserts. Along with great tasting recipes, each chapter contains a sidebar with nutritional and cooking tips. Both novice and experienced cooks will enjoy making such treats as Hot Banana Split S’mores, Hidden Candy Birthday Pops, and Homemade Whoopie Pies.

While The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook is Dr. Laura’s first cookbook, she has spent years perfecting healthy yet great tasting food. In medical school she saw people suffering from illnesses that could have been prevented by better nutrition. She realized that like her patients, she only ate food that tasted great to her. Her passion for healthy, great tasting food led to the founding of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food in 2001.