Snacking has evolved from being a convenient and comforting experience to a more food conscious and healthy activity after forting experience Covid-19. Pre-pandemic snacking was the way that people made it from one meal to another. Snacking was about convenience; grab-n-go, small or individual serve packs. For many, snacking served as a meal replacement as we sped through busy days. Snacks were comfort food, and some reserved indulgent snacks for cravings or where a splurge was needed to improve one’s emotional well-being. Once we adjusted to the new norm of work, school, and socializing in their homes, an opposing shift occurred. Families refocused on their waistlines and the fundamental need to keep their families safe and healthy.
Lack of routine and unlimited kitchen access coupled with added anxiety and stress is the perfect storm for mindless eating.How should we snack smart while staying in place ?
Although your work, school, and entire life routine may have changed, it doesn’t mean your usual eating pattern has to. Stick to a normal eating schedule of three meals per day to prevent hunger between meals.
If you find yourself eating when you aren’t hungry, think about what else could be going on. Are you anxious, sad, mad, or just bored? If you find yourself seeking comfort in the refrigerator, explore other activities to relieve these feelings. Take a walk, read a book, call a friend, or dance in your living room – it doesn’t matter the activity, as long as it brings you joy!
Protein and fat are important to keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. Snacking on carbohydrate-based foods may leave you feeling hungry shortly after. Add a scoop of peanut butter to your fruit. Serve crackers with cheese or meat. Dip veggies in hummus or Greek yogurt dip.
Snacking straight out of the bag while watching TV or working is the perfect recipe for overeating. Instead, try planning and portioning out snacks ahead of time. This reduces the instinct to grab whatever is available and turnssnacking into an eating encounter you can feel good about. When you’re ready to snack, eliminate distractions, sit down, and enjoy!
Snacking is one of the ways that the world eats. Virtually, every country and ethnic group has a snack component, whether it be sweet or savoury, pre-packaged or fresh, on a stick or in a pocket, served in a box, from a food truck, a market, a drive-thru or walk-up window, or on the street. Snacking is culture, snacking is sustenance, snacking is a way of life, so let’s be among the ones snacking healthy - especially these days!