Popcorn, nuts, pickles, potato chips, cookies, beef jerky…
These are among American’s favorite snack foods. My personal favorite is kettle corn. Way back when, kettle corn was a popular snack served at fairs and other festive events. The corn was cooked in iron kettles and then sweetened with sugar or honey before adding the salt. Popcorn can be a healthy snack in a portion size of 3 cups or a small bag. Like popcorn, nuts can also be a healthy snack if you avoid the nuts coated in salt or sugar. Nuts can provide you with protein keeping you fuller longer. Many people have to avoid eating popcorn and nuts thanks to diverticular disease. Diverticulosis and diverticulitis are conditions of the colon where diverticuli (small pockets) are present. When small food particles get trapped in the diverticuli with no way out, therefore causing inflammation. Many people have the ability to have diverticulitis. When your colon is not inflammed, you are in a state of diverticulosis.
Potato chips are probably the most popular of all snack foods. Made from the finest of potatoes nationwide, they are dusted with salt, bbq, sour cream & onion, cheddar and even pickle! Variations of “chips” include corn, potato, flour or a combination. Andy Capp’s hot fries were one of the favorite snacks when I was in high school. I can remember that it was not unusual to pig out on a bag of these fries, smacking away, licking your fingers and then digging the residual out of your braces. No matter how hot they were we still ate them. They were so good! Pickles were another popular snack. It was always fun to eat the entire outer part and then taking a big bite of the soft insides.
And who can forget Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. Man, we didn’t make very healthy choices back in high school. I remember scarfing down a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a regular coke and still being hungry for more. No wonder I’m 5’11”! Thank goodness I went to school for nutrition! Oh well, we were young and our metabolism and extracurricular activities provided greater opportunities to burn calories. Now, with our metabolism decreasing 10% every decade (yea, that’s right), we’ve got to snack more healthily.
Last, but not least, beef jerky has never been my go-to snack but it’s always been a popular one among my friends. It is really good…a bit expensive if you ask me, but good. The protein content is what I’m promoting but beef jerky is commonly cured and dehydrated with the use of added salt and seasonings. Other than that, snack on!
Remember to check out my recipe page for ideas.
Have a good one!