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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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