This week I have a bite(s) size edition of #whatiatewednesday for you. Snacking healthy can be difficult but with a little forethought, it can be a breeze. There are plenty of great healthy snack options like hard boiled eggs, olives or hard cheeses (if you can handle dairy). Take this snack I pack in my lunch everyday. A small Tupperware of walnuts (heathy fats + protein), raisins (glucose for immediate energy) and dark chocolate (caffeine + theobromine for a coffee like pick me up) is the perfect afternoon health snack. The fish oil supplement in the pic is not required to complete this snack but can be beneficial if you don’t eat enough fatty fish.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been posting pics of the food I eat on a regular basis. This week I decided to mix things up and share a post about my go-to beverages. I’ve done a good job over the past 5 years of limiting my liquid calories to coffee, tea, water, and the occasional adult beverage. I stay away from other beverages because they often deliver a large amount of calories (usually in the form of sugar) without a tremendous amount of beneficial nutrients. Soda, energy drinks, beer, and fruit juice can deliver glucose or fructose in large amounts that can result in a wide array of health problems over time. I know what you’re saying “But fruit juice has beneficial nutrients?” Yes, that’s true, but most fruit juice you purchase can have as much sugar as a can of coke. In fact, I recently heard a podcast that read off the label of a popular all fruit juice, no sugar added, pre-made smoothie that had 58g of sugar and NO fiber in a 16oz bottle. According to the podcast you would have to eat 10 cups of raw carrots or 4 medium bananas to ingest the same amount of sugar contained in that one bottle. The point I’m trying to make is that fruit juice, along with the other beverages on my naughty list, should be enjoyed on a limited basis to prevent the overconsumption of sugar. If you’ve recently cut down on the amount of sugary drinks in your diet let me know. I’d love to hear about the effect its had on your health.