[this is part of a series from write31days.com, start HERE if you’re just jumping in!]
Once upon a time I wrote a blog post about carbs and proteins. It was my very first blog post almost 5 years ago, and actually the inspiration for why I started to write and share a nutrition message. Forgive the antiquity. I think it’s time we revisit this.
Since the time I wrote that post a new climate of healthy lifestyle has entered such as Whole 30, Paleo, and gluten-free. With that, let’s get back to a bit of nutritional biochemistry basics.
Every type of food that we eat is made up of three macronutrients. Macronutrients means nutrients that are larger in size. This is opposed to micronutrients which are also nutrients but smaller in size (vitamins and minerals). Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the 3 large nutrients our bodies love, crave after, and need to run optimally.
Each of these 3 macronutrients are essential for everyday snacking. I’ve posted about that here and I want to encourage you (and myself) to do this well. That’s what I think healthy imperfect snacking does. Healthy snacking doesn’t mean low calorie. Healthy snacking means it fuels our bodies well (good nutrients), allows us to feel full until our next meal (satiety), and tastes good. You can choose whatever foods you’d like, but the best type of snack is one that combines carbohydrates, proteins, and fats all in one. Many of the snacks I have suggested on here already during this series meet those recommendations. A few others are below:
- Cottage cheese and fruit
- Beef jerky, crackers, and cheese
- 2% Greek yogurt, flavored
- Honey roasted peanuts
- Chips and guacamole
- Peanuts and candy corn (I’m serious)
What other snacks can you think of that (im)perfectly balance these 3 essential macronutrients? This isn’t about perfection. Never has been. Imperfect snacking is about choosing the next healthy decision when you can and no shame or guilt when you don’t.