Everyone is always so quick to say there’s five seconds in which you can pick up your food an be safe. I think as a figure skater who dropped food on the floor during summer training (when the rink was open but the snack bar wasn’t) the “five second rule” was more in effort to salvage even the tiniest morsel of food…lest I (like one of our cats claims an hour before dinner time) waste immediately away to a pile of skeletal remains.
The sad reality is, though…it happens much quicker. I’m not sure who assumed germs are so nice-ie-nice but, hello, they aren’t exactly counting down on our behalf. . . E.g.: “Hang on, Irv! Kid didn’t realize he dropped that – let’s give him an opportunity to pick it up first!”
No…they’re just like our vacuum…er…cat…. They’re on those crumbs double-time (sorry to burst any dreamy bubbles.)
(For the record, that didn’t stop me. The lofty claim of germy kindness remaining my scientific excuse so I didn’t (not) starve to death. 😉 )
Actually…I *might* be pushing family of five…
This definitely was me once upon a time. I still do this, but nowadays it’s me realizing the Boom Chika Pop (yellow bag!) is empty. What the…??
Hard to beat!
Fresh fruit is a great (and easy!) snack to tote along – high fiber, low calorie, full of nutrients, pre-portioned…and no hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the list!
There’s (serious) humor in this findchaffy cartoon. . .at least for the introverts of the group. INFJ, anyone?
Word of this newbie just came my way (and honestly, I suppose it was only a matter of time, given the popularity of veggie stix, right?!) I personally love fresh fruit because they are LOADED with fiber and good ol’ H2O, making for a filling snack. But…sometimes you just want some crunch with your “sweet” and you don’t want to reach for a Nestle Crunch bar. . .
Enter these fry-shaped snacks, which come in three flavors:
- Apple Cinnamon
- Apple Strawberry
The stats for Snack Factory’s Fruit Sticks are as follows (for 0.75 oz. (about 2/3 cup)):
- 80 calories
- 0g total fat (0g sat fat)
- 15mg sodium
- 20g carbs
- 3g fiber
- 13 – 14g sugars, 0g protein
- SmartPoints® value 4*
While they aren’t a sub for fresh fruit, they are – at least – a better option than grabbing some candy. I am thrilled that companies are trying to be a little bit more health conscious these days, and offer more options for anyone wanting to proactively head off a craving. These are available in Walmart, Kroger, and Giant Eagle, among other retailers. You can also snag them on Amazon, which is always a great option when a product is new (and slowly making its way into stores!)
Don’t I know this dilemma!
Tactics to combat it?
- Get moving! Do some kind of activity, even housework if you are cooped up – SOMEthing will put your mind on other things.
- Reach for something healthy first. Sweeter whole fruits, for example, are a much better bet than sugary or fatty foods, and they are liable to fill you up with water and fiber, in addition to hitting your sweet tooth.
- Intellectualize. You know what’s really going on – own up to it, and don’t give in.
- Know your portions. If you have tried everything, and you are still feeling the overwhelming urge to snack, grab a pre-portioned package…not the full size. I’ve seen more and more snacks coming out in individual bags or packs – a wonderful thing! If your favorite crave-worthy item DOESN’T come that way…think ahead and make your own. Small snack ziplock bags are your best friend in this case. Not to mention, you can put those things higher up on a shelf, as an example, to make them more of a hassle to get to. Keep in mind the best defense is not buying those things in the first place but…again…if you feel like deprivation will make things worse, and trigger binge eating, try the above method.