“Snackaholic”

 

I am a snacker. There is no denying it. I have never claimed not to be and am also one of those strange people you will meet that doesn’t see anything wrong with it!
I know that sounds nuts but I have been like that my entire life….

So I don’t fight it and always carry around some nibbles for myself (for fear that someone may think I am crazy to be on the lookout for food every few hours)   I am obviously weary about the snacks I eat……. cant have MSG, cant be too high in sugar, no chemicals etc etc.

Living in New Delhi, you cant just stop at the local juice stand or to a snack shop (I am sure you could, but one wouldn’t) So I have gone through my fair share of  “what do I bring with me to munch on???”

Lately it’s been Planters nuts or honey roasted almonds.
Prior to that it was homemade honey roasted chickpeas (its perfect for all those gluten phoebe’s!) I can give the recipe to any of those interested.

There can be many pros of snacking as well as negatives.

Some positives are:
1. You tend not to overeat at meals because you aren’t starving
2. Helps keep your energy levels up
3. You can use snacks to bring in veggies, fruits are other things filled with healthy nutrients. (try to keep your calorie intake for snacks around 200 calories)

For many the idea of snacking seems like a pitfall to binge on things that offer no nutritional value. Don’t let that happen! Don’t let it be an excuse to eat junk food or overeat between meals. You must plan your snacks for the day. Snacks are a very important part of your dieting program, by refueling your body every few hours you will keep your blood sugar level and boost your metabolism

Having said all that, I was pleased to try the new local brand of healthy snacks by Mississippy.  They have launched their brand in India and I think at the perfect time where people are desperately in search of some fun HEALTHY snacks to nibble on!

My friend and I opened a packet of the Pepper flavored little crispy brown rice and lentil balls and within a few minutes the bag was gone! They are pretty rich in fiber and don’t seem to have any weird ingredients that make you sherk in fear!

There was one ingredient I wasn’t sure about and the name was weird enough that I felt I should research it, “Fructo-oligosaccharides.”

I looked into it and this is the information that I was relieved to find:
“Fructo-oligosaccharides are made up of plant sugars linked in chains. They are taken from asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, and soybeans, or produced in the laboratory. People use these sugars to make medicine.

 Fructo-oligosaccharides are used for constipation, traveler’s diarrhea, and high cholesterol levels.

 Fructo-oligosaccharides are also used as prebiotics. Prebiotics act as food for “good” bacteria in the intestine. Don’t confuse prebiotics with probiotics such as lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and saccharomyces, which are live organisms that are good for health. People sometimes take probiotics by mouth to increase the number in their intestine.”

And on occasion, when you need a sugar rush and you have paid your dues to all the fruits of the world – you should treat yourself to the some of the cookies. They’re delicious!

The flax seed cookies actually tasted like flax and you could see the actual flax seed in the cookies for a change. The ginger lemon cookies were divine as were the fig ones.

There have been many studies done that eating between meals may lead to overall healthier habits. According to, Snacking in America, they found that those with the healthiest diets consumed up to 36 percent more snacks compared to the average consumer. Be smart about it and use it to become healthier!

Enjoy the day!

 

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