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The “Snack” Cravings

“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.” Anne Lamott

No matter how old we grow, there’s always time to grab a snack in between, either when still or on the go. Remember the childhood treat of “cookies or biscuits and milk”, “vada with chai” or “fritters after school” and so on, with the best being around the “midnight ice-cream or chocolate teat”. As time moved on and we grew up, “snacking” became a must especially during college, university and struggling between jobs when cooking a full meal was a rarity. Slowly as the years evolved, being healthy declined and we got out of shape, “snacking” became a struggle for the mind and body between “should I or should I not.”

“Some people wonder why they can’t have faith for healing. They feed their body three hot meals a day, and their spirit one cold snack a week.” F. F. Bosworth

From childhood and school days, the focus has been on having three healthy meals a day; the occasional decline in the sugar levels as well as the temptation of the taste buds prompted the occasional snack. On a scientific note, research has recommended that “small snacks” does indeed life up the metabolism, boosting mental work and triggers satiety. On the other hand, as we overdo it; the scales tip and we find ourselves in a continuous cycle of frustration and over-snacking.

“Everyone I know is looking for solace and a tasty snack.” Maira Kalman

Yet the balance between “healthy and unhealthy snacking” is very fine. Keeping all snacks portion controlled, mixed range and on balanced nutrient density helps us to continue snacking on “legal celery sticks and granola bars” as well as the “delicious cheesy pretzels and chocolate rich gooey globs of goodness” for some occasions. Sticking to “wise snacking”, varied options and balancing between both, keeps the interlude between the three meals interesting not just for the palate but creativity, mind, mood, emotions, body and soul; making “happy snacking” a trend.

“All of life is a continuous state of wonder interrupted by bedtime and light snacks.” Joyce Rachelle