Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smart Snacking


http://teenshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/wellbeing/healthy_snacks.html#

Everyone snacks, but do you know what snacks are good for you? Since we all snack throughout the day it is important to know what snacks you should go for and which ones to avoid.  This article explores the types of snacks available and the positive or negative affects they can have on your body. It covers what to look for in a healthy snack and gives examples of healthy snacks you can make.

After reading this article I realized that I should be more careful about the snacks I eat.  Do you make active choices to snack healthy?  Do you read the labels on the products you buy?  Do you plan ahead so that you have healthy snacks with you for times when you get hungry between meals?  Do you think there should be a bigger initiative to teach kids what snacks are good and bad for them?


11 comments:

  1. I think I make active choices to snack healthy although I do let myself treat eat some candy instead at times. I don't read the labels on the products I buy because I always tend to buy the same product and I've never really taken the time to actually understand the labels until now. I sort of plan ahead what snacks I want to eat by just buying a bunch of healthy foods at a time that are quick and easy to make since I know I resort to those kinds when I have to make my food. I think there should be a bigger initiative to teach kids what snacks are good and bad for them so they have an awareness of it at an early age and can eat healthier sooner rather than later plus like in the article I saw it say like make Ants on a Log which could also make kids want to eat healthier if the food is fun looking which I also heard in Child Development when we had to make snacks for the kids. I also read on Women's Health Magazine that a dietician for the Phillies and Flyers said that when snacking you could lose weight with habits like eating snacks under 200 calories and eating snacks with a mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

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  2. I agree I as well do the same thing when ever I buy any type of food like candy I do not look at the food label as well.

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  3. I don't think I make active choices when choosing my snacks. Personally, when I'm hungry, I'm going to choose whatever I'm craving at the moment. I never read the food labels because I was never taught to. I do think that there should be a better initiative to teach kids about health and food. Like in the movie "Fed Up", there's a lot more obesity in children in America compared to 10 years ago. I think there should be more of an initiative to teach children about food and health. I think by teaching them about healthy nutrients to eat and by reading the food label would really change the way they view food and maybe even change their eating habits.

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  4. I definitely agree that it's important to recognize what snacks we choose in the midst of our busy schedules. I in fact just ate the end of a bag of chips in our snack drawer, but I could have just as easily grabbed a banana or some celery to munch on and it wouldn't have taken me any longer. It's important to consider that when we're hungry, it's not just a signal to eat anything. It's a signal that we need fuel and nutrients.

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  5. My parents almost always buy healthy food, so I most often don't have a choice to eat unhealthy. However, when I do, I get what tastes better as opposed to what's healthier. I try to bring healthy snacks like energy bars and fruit as much as possible. I definitely believe we should raise much more awareness on what's healthy and what's not. For all some kids know, they might think that Diet Coke is good for them!

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  6. There are always healthy snacks when I am home so when I do snack during the day it is usually healthy. I often don't read food labels because I assume that my snack is healthy and most of the time I don't care that much about the food label. I usually bring snacks with me so I won't be hungry between meals. People should be taught the benefits between good and bad snacks because they can have big impacts on our everyday lives since almost everyone eats snacks.

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  7. I do not read the labels of foods because it seems unnecessary to me. I usually stay away from unhealthy food such as cookies and chips. I should start reading labels because many foods that I deem healthy are actually unhealthy. There should be a bigger initiative to teach kids what snacks are good for them. Everybody has the right to know exactly what they are putting in their bodies.

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  8. To be honest, I don't read food labels whenever I grab something to eat. However, I should to stay away from high sugar, high fat, and other unhealthy ingredients that contain tons of calories. Also, reading food labels can help to decide whether health claims on food products are true or not because most of the time they're not. I think it's really smart to pack healthy snacks ahead of time because it's always easy to choose an unhealthy snack instead whenever you're hungry. Not only that, but I think making your own healthy snacks is great because you're controlling what goes in those snacks. Finally, I do think kids should know more about reading food labels and healthy snacks because they can prevent themselves from eating very unhealthy, fat and sugar loaded snacks. I think it will change a lot of snack options in a healthier way.

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  9. I don't make active choices to snack healthy. I don't read labels on the product I'm about to buy. I don't plan ahead. There should be but some people won't care.

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  11. I feel that I make pretty active choices when picking my snacks. In the article it states that most people buy fries or candy bars because those products are cheap and convenient. I, however, pre-pack my lunch and snacks the night before school and I make sure everything I pack is very healthy to keep me fueled throughout the day and during my classes. I do read food labels, especially the ones on packages with health claims to ensure that all the ingredients, or most, are things I've heard of. There are times, however, when I have a hectic schedule and don't have time to pack healthy snacks. This causes me to overeat once I get home. Often times I'd over eat the healthy stuff, but there are days when I'm craving unhealthy food and eat a whole bunch of it. I would say it's okay to snack on unhealthy foods once in a while, but for the most part, one should try to consistently snack on healthy foods.

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