Momma Told Me: Don't forget to eat your Wheaties!
Proper nutrition isn't just about what you eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; it starts with what you eat between meals. As a child 'snack' time was often my favorite time. It was the portion of the day when caregivers would indulge with small treats (often proceeding good behavior) that I would otherwise classify as a 'dessert'. And, in some cases, these fruit snacks and fun size candy bars were used to bribe, rather than nourish. Let's face it, it's much simpler to hand 28 kids a pre-packaged sugary snack than prepare and serve as many portions to picky mouths with liberal opinions. When I became an adult I utilized the same 'reward principle' to motivate myself through long work days, and breaks prior to lunch. Even though I was free to do as I pleased I always found myself rationalizing poor snack choices because I'd suffered through a cranky customer, or agreed to take overtime. Unfortunately, it got to the point where my meals were becoming snacks, and I was eating nothing but junk. It was convenient, and satisfied my cravings, but left me low on energy and still feeling guilty.
Let's face it, as an adult, Momma isn't there to guide our eating choices; between apple flavored and apple, french fries or baked potato, ketchup or tomato. And, if you're anything like me, you find yourself defending what you want, rather than what you need, more often then you'd care to admit. We certainly all deserve our treats and rewards, but why can't we have the convenience, and quality as well? Studies show that 75% of women admit (that's just the honest ones!) that they succumb to poor dietary choices when hunger pangs hit, and they're left unprepared. For example, when I recently joined up with the bowling league I found myself parched halfway through the 3 hour weekly session. All the alley has for beverage choices are$3 waters at the inside diner, or $1.75 bottled sodas and sports drinks via the vending machine. Night after night I'd choose the soda or sports drinks because they were cheaper, and easier to obtain when I was most thirsty. Today? Well, today I try to bring water with me, to cut the options out all together.
Watching your weight, or simply trying to get your proper servings of nutrients can be tough, but Fiber One is here to help. The name brand known for it's easy to eat, fiber rich, cereals recently rolled out their successful 90 Calorie Snack line. With 20% of your daily necessary fiber intake, one 90 Calorie Fiber One Chewy Bar can help you feel fuller and snack better. Best of all they're available in decadent flavors such as Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter for a crave-worthy snack you can stash in the purse for tummy rumbling emergencies. My Blog Spark and General Mills were kind enough to send me a Fiber One 90 Calorie Sample Beauty Pack, for review. The box and packaging reminds me of the nutritious oat based chewy bars I ate as a kid, and there's nothing boring or 'fiber' about them! Because Fiber One is a part of the General Mills family, I love that I can collect Box Tops For Education, while stocking up on healthy snacks for myself. The consistency of the Chocolate 90 Calorie Fiber One Bar was very dense and chewy (like biting into a chilled rice krispie treat). The flavor was a malted chocolate, which reminded me of cocoa based cereals, and the bar was just enough to satisfy me between meals.
What Daughter Says: Fuel your day with smart eating choices between meals to stay active, full, and energized!