Are You a Smart Snacker?

By Young1s Latest Reply 2012-01-04 19:14:03 -0600
Started 2012-01-03 12:25:32 -0600

Quiz by Natalie Nichols, SparkPeople Staff Writer
Snacking is a smart way to keep hunger at bay throughout the day, but the key is snacking on the right things, at the right times, and in the right places. Are your snacking habits healthy—or horrific? Find out how your snacks stack up with this short quiz.

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I found this quiz this morning and gave it a try. According to the quiz, I'm a sensible snacker. Which confirms what I already knew. I'm doing well in some areas but need to work harder in others. What kind of snacker are you?

Sinful Snacker?
We're sorry, but most of your snacking habits aren't the smartest. For you, snacking is an afterthought. You tend to eat convenience foods, tempt yourself with a pantry full of poor choices, and snack on the wrong things at the wrong times—if you even snack at all! Eating something you are hungry for is one thing, but waiting until you are ravenous or ignoring your hunger altogether can be bad news. A good way to start becoming a sensible snacker is to rid your home of toxic treats by giving your kitchen a makeover. Keep in mind that you don't have to forgo your favorite treats altogether or feel guilty for indulging once in a while. Remember—moderation is key to living a healthy lifestyle. Start here to get started with some healthy snacking habits.

Sensible Snacker?
Before you earn the title of Smart Snacker, you need a little more practice. The good news is that you try your best to eat healthy foods most of the time, but when it comes to snacks, you aren't as diligent. Your snacking habits (or lack thereof) may deprive your body of adequate nutrition or a fun treat, and by skipping the snacks or choosing the wrong things, you could be setting yourself up for overeating later. Learn to listen to your body's hunger signals, try to forgo the 100-calorie snack packs (they provide little nutritional value), and make it a habit to plan healthy snacks each day. Do these things, and you’ll be a snacking whiz in no time!

Smart Snacker?
Congratulations! Snackers everywhere look up to you in admiration. You know how to listen to your body’s hunger signals and feed it nutritious snacks that you carefully plan and prepare. And you know it is okay to indulge your sweet tooth once in a while without going overboard or beating yourself up. Keep up the good work—you're doing great!

26 replies

dietcherry 2012-01-03 21:37:39 -0600 Report

I like to snack on sour pickles, pepperoncinis, banana peppers—all the vinegar makes me thirsty so I get filled up on drinking water too. If Im PMSing, I need a "sweet" snack. I make S-F gelatin and since its a free exchange, I can eat it at will and it wont raise my BS at all.
Have you ever heard that if youre craving something sweet, it actually means your body needs protein? Since learning this, I try to substitute protein in place of sweet; sometimes works, sometimes doesnt!
Deprivation wont work over the long haul, so its important to allow yourself foods occasionally that you normally wouldnt. I like Utz potato chips when I just have to do bad!!

Young1s 2012-01-03 22:01:12 -0600 Report

I've never heard that one before, Renee. I guess it's one of those physical oddities like, when you're feeling hungry, you may actually be thirsty. I'll have to try that out, myself. I hadn't been eating my usual egg breakfast, so this could explain the chocolate cake kick I was on. Wouldn't that be something. BTW: My husband and son love the red hot utz.

dietcherry 2012-01-04 09:40:44 -0600 Report

It could very well explain it, if you know its not hormone-related. A couple of my Drs have said that cravings for sweets/carbs can increase as we get closer to menopause because of hormonal imbalances.

Young1s 2012-01-04 09:46:38 -0600 Report

I don't think it's hormonal. Even though I did just have a birthday, I still have a little more than a few years before I need to start thinking about menopause.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 13:56:22 -0600 Report

Peri-menopausal fluctuations to hormone levels can start in the mid to late 30's, much earlier than most of us expect.

Young1s 2012-01-04 16:43:16 -0600 Report

You know, I knew that in the back of my mind. I guess that's where I was trying to keep that piece of information. :)

Nick1962 2012-01-03 17:45:55 -0600 Report

Hey cool! I'm a smart snacker! I think this is the first time I've been called smart anything!

Young1s 2012-01-03 18:01:31 -0600 Report

Good for you. And I doubt that "1st time" comment.

Nick1962 2012-01-03 18:04:57 -0600 Report

You're right, I do get called smart*** alot.

Caroltoo 2012-01-03 14:16:17 -0600 Report

I snack, but usually from fruit, vegetables, or protein that I keep prepared in the refrigerator so they are ever so much easier to get to than the drive to the store to get a candy snack.

This morning I diced a chicken breast, sauteed it with sliced almonds, Parmesan cheese, and a little dusting of herbs. It's waiting for me, if I get hungry or if my BG goes up.

That's the other important point, if it's not on my diet, it doesn't enter my house.

Young1s 2012-01-03 14:44:28 -0600 Report

I'm almost at that point. I will admit though, that I sometimes bring home foods that I know to be no-no's for me. But I have pretty good will power most of the time, so it's not too much of a temptation.

Caroltoo 2012-01-03 15:01:31 -0600 Report

And it's probably easier for me to control this because I am the only one in the house who shops and I set the menus.

Young1s 2012-01-04 17:43:42 -0600 Report

I do too but I'll buy the no-no's on occasion, if I have put off buying a requested item for a while. In a way it's like rewarding the family for being such troopers about our dietary changes. Although, more often than not, they're none the wiser about them. But we All need a treat sometimes.

berrykins0 2012-01-03 13:18:22 -0600 Report

i passed the test with exellent results i count my calories weight my food out i'm on a meal plan with snacks in between meals.3 snacks a day 3 meals a day works well for me. been doing this for 3 yrs.

Young1s 2012-01-03 14:35:03 -0600 Report

Keep up the good work. I hope to have my meals worked out in a similar fashion some day soon.

Young1s 2012-01-03 12:52:53 -0600 Report

I tend to not snack too often because I'm having a hard enough time keeping my BG levels within normal with just 3 meals a day. When I do snack, I choose healthy ones (like fruit, snack bar, salad) more often than not. But I do have my occasional indulgences (like cookies, cake, banana pudding) every now and then. However with both, I have to be careful not to over do it because, even too much of a good thing can be bad for you.

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red flower lady 2012-01-04 14:37:18 -0600 Report

What are you eating or more importantly, how much of it are you eating? That maybe why you are having trouble. Try spreading out the meals to eat several more times, only smaller amounts:)

Young1s 2012-01-04 16:48:41 -0600 Report

Still kind of working that one out RF Lady. My doctor and D nurse seem to think I am within range (basically 90-130) but I still get as high as 190 and above far too often than I like. I will admit that I don't measure as often as I should. That may be where I'm doing myself in. Will have to investigate that theory.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 17:17:17 -0600 Report

When I have those times, and I do, I revert to keeping a journal of the time, food, quantity, and any interesting reactions/changes I may see afterwards.

For me, it is usually a question of portion control. Too much, even of good and appropriate foods, can cause a problem. My problem is I really enjoy eating good food.