"You can conquer your love of snack foods"
By : Kapriz
We live in a society of nibblers. Long gone are the traditional three square meals per day.
Today, people eat at their desks, catch a snack in the afternoon and eat late night goodies. Most, if not all, of
these snacks are carbohydrate based and full of sugar. This poses a challenge to people who are trying to follow
the Atkins plan. Snacking is a necessary part of keeping your blood sugar up, but most packaged snack foods are
forbidden in the plan.
Sweet snacks are high in calories, full of empty carbohydrates and offer no nutritional value. But they sure are
popular. There is actually a Snack Food Association that tracks sales of packaged snack foods. It is estimated that
Americans eat 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate. Snacking has increased more than a third since 1988. Sales of snack
foods gross over $30 billion a year.
If you’ve been a snack food junkie, you’ve become used to eating carbohydrates of the
worst kind. Snack foods are made from highly refined carbohydrates like white flour, white sugar, corn meal
and corn syrup. They are high in trans-fats (which is a contributor to clogged arteries). All in all, they are
probably one of the worst food choices you could be making.
But there is hope! You can conquer your love of snack foods by making Atkins-friendly snacking choices. Before you
can make the switch, make sure to educate yourself. Understand just how dangerous trans fats can be by reading up
on them. Then read the ingredients label of your favorite snack foods. You may be shocked to discover how many
trans fats, artificial flavourings and preservatives that you are eating.
Next, get rid of all of the snack foods in your house. If its not there, then you can’t eat it. Junk food is not
good for anyone in your home so ignore your family’s complaints and do what is best for the health of everyone.
Now you’ll need to replace those snack foods with some better choices. Giving up your snack foods is not the same
as giving up snacks. Snacks should be a part of your daily eating plan because it will help you from becoming too
hungry and indulging in high-carbohydrate treats.
There are plenty of low carbohydrate snacks that are easy to make and simple to have around the house. String
cheese sticks or small cheese rounds are very easy to keep in the refrigerator. Meat snacks are also a good choice.
You can buy jerky strips and other meat products that keep well for long periods. When you buy cheese or meat
sticks, make sure to read the labels carefully for hidden carbs.
There are low carb instant soups available that are very easy to make and satisfying if you are craving something
hot. Low carb soy chips and celery can help with “crunchy” cravings. Try adding peanut butter or cream cheese
spread to add more protein to these snacks. Also, you can’t beat a handful of nuts for a high-protein, quick
All of the previously mentioned snacks are good for the initial phases of the Atkins diet and beyond. If you are
past the induction phase, you can enjoy berries with cream as a snack. There are also many acceptable fruits that
make good snacks for the pre-maintenance phase.
Buttons will be added here
is a site for the family and publish
information about health, beaty, fashion, parenthood, education, hobbies, self improvement, motivation and much more.