All posts tagged: healthy snacking

Baked Sweet Potato Chips, A Healthy Alternative to Bagged Chips

No, I’m not a total hypocrite. I love bagged chips. Cheetos. Lays. Pringles. Cheese. Sour Cream. BBQ Chicken. Honey Mustard. The more yellow my fingers get, the bigger the gratification, and the more enduring the self-abhorrence (which usually comes way way way way, way after). And even though homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make, I make no promises (by which I mean I will most definitely not) to abandon those airy, let’s face it, half empty sacs of processed, genetically modified, artificially flavored shingle of saturated fat (along with the other family of fats) and of course, chemicals whose names we have never heard of and can’t pronounce. Nonetheless, homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make! Especially when they are a fun color like orange and purple! First, take your sweet potatoes and peel off the skin using a peeler. Rinse to clean as necessary. Next, take your big boy (or girl) knife and cut the sweet potatoes into thin slices. Next, prep the seasonings. Since I wanted a basic recipe, I simply used …

Healthy Snacking Tips and Tricks

Most of us readily accept a snack offer, but the rest of us, meek and timid, experience a universal sense of guilt at the idea of consuming extra calories. We are here to say that there is nothing wrong in nibbling on something between meals. In fact, snacking is one way to satisfy your nutrient requirements and healthy snacking can offer you a whole lot of benefits! For example, having a glass of milk amounts to 50% of your calcium requirement and crunching on a carrot fulfills your vitamin A requirement for the day. Snacking also helps in keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day, preventing you from feeling too hungry and overeating during meals. If you sometimes find your energy level drop between meals, keeping your blood sugar level stable will help you feel energized and awake throughout the day. However, remember that snacks will add to your total calorie intake. Here’s a tip. Do not judge calories by their size. Those mini-sized treats may not be as mini in calories as they seem. In snacking, a little may actually hurt. Did you know that just by consuming …