Let’s play a little game; think of the word SNACK.
Did your mind go to….
Noun: Small meal or Verb: Snacking?
Chips or a Granola Bar?
Yogurt or a bowl of Ice Cream?
Fruits/Veggies or a handful of Salty things (e.g. pretzels)?
Do you have “snacks” every day, or just sometimes?
Snack–noun. A small portion of food or drink or a light meal, especially one eaten between regular meals.
-verb. To have a snack or light meal.
In a recent conversation with a new “client”, we had an entire discussion around snacks. Some people think of them as “extra calories”, or automatically associate a “snack” with foods like chips, pretzels, heavy dips, dessert, etc. In other words, to snack is a verb, and it usually involves mindlessly munching.
I offered a different perspective: a snack is a small meal, an opportunity to put extra nutrients into your day. When I go for a snack, I think of what my day is missing thus far (or plan ahead for this when packing for work). No fruit yet today? Apples + nuts or nut butter. No veggies yet? Carrots or Pepper slices + hummus. Lacking dairy? Greek Yogurt + fruit/cereal/honey/cinnamon.
Associations are always changing; as a child, a “snack” was for after school / before dinner, and a “treat” was after dinner / before bed. As I got older, it meant something quick before Soccer practice so I had energy to go Go GO. In college, it was something to squeeze in between awkward class times to keep my attention span alive.
Now, it’s a small meal, between meals, to keep me going. I usually have a morning and afternoon snack, depending on the day’s schedule. I know when I need that extra intake, those extra nutrients, and/or that other food group. And I love me some little mini-meals to get them all in!
Do you have snacks throughout the day?
Did your mind go to noun, or verb? (Feel free to answer all the other Qs up there, too!)