What’s in your favorite snack?

 THE STORY OF 2 SNACKS:

You’ve probably noticed I’m a big advocate of eating whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. If you’re new to peeled, you might want to check out my explanation on clean eating and 80% rule.

Quick summary: I try to eat food in its most real form (without fake chemical additives) at least 80% of the time. I say 80% because I refuse to feel deprived or restricted from life’s most delicious experiences. I also think setting realistic goals is the key to sticking to your goals; for me 80% is realistic.

I wanted to share a side-by-side label comparison to better explain what I’m talking about. I’ve already mentioned that reading the ingredients is the most important thing you can read on a food label.

Without further adieu, I give you 2 typical snack choices. Neither snack is a ‘health food’ snack. On the left we have a cheese flavored cracker, on the right a basic tortilla chip. Both are from popular brands available in any grocery store.

healthy snack options

Left: Baked Cheese Cracker Snack                                                                                         Right: Tortilla Chips

The cheese cracker snack is highly processed. See all of those ingredients you don’t recognize? If you couldn’t pull those ingredients from your own kitchen, it’s a red flag the food has chemical additives.

On the flip side, we have the tortilla chips. Although tortilla chips are not a low calorie or nutrient rich snack, when we look at these ingredients it’s very clear what made these chips. Corn, oil and salt- we’re familiar with what all of those things are. You really don’t need anything else to make tortilla chips! Yet, if you take a peek at many popular tortilla chip brands, you’ll find ingredients more similar to the processed cheese crackers.

Eating clean isn’t necessarily about eating low calorie or specialty ‘health foods.’ In fact, this brand of tortilla chips (Santita’s) is the bargain brand at only $2 a bag! Making ‘clean eating’ choices isn’t about eliminating your favorite foods, it’s about choosing better quality versions.

For my healthy snack recommendations, click here. Have you found any ‘clean eating’ product swaps to replace your favorite junk foods? I’d love to hear about them!

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29 thoughts on “What’s in your favorite snack?

  1. Great post! I’ve been trying to eat cleaner lately and I’ve definitely been looking more at the ingredients list rather than the calorie/fat content. I used to believe that as long as I’m eating something low calories, I’m being healthy, but I’ve learned that’s not the truth. Lose low calorie ingredients don’t keep you full!

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  2. Hey – could you convince my +1 to read this? He’s a stud, but we’ve had this conversation 15 times, haha!

    I’ve found that the best way for me to eat clean(er) is to make my own, easy-to-make dishes. Buy corn flakes and combine with plain raisins for cereal instead of buying Special K. Include a salad with your lunch to minimize the likelihood of unnatural sugars. Those changes have been simple, but have made a HUGE impact to my diet.

    Thanks for sharing – and can’t wait to share my post tomorrow!! :)

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  3. I like how simple you made that sound. I suppose I follow the 80% rule, as well. I eat clean all week long, on Friday night we have family movie night and I make cupcakes and we watch a movie, and on Saturday, we go out for lunch. Other than that it’s all clean. I was thinking to myself as I read your post, I don’t read a lot of labels. Then it occurred to me that I primarily buy whole foods and make most of our food myself. I’m lucky, though. Most people don’t have time for that. I like how you explained the labels, though. Very straight-forward and simple.

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    • Thank you! We’re the same way around here. I just feel like attempting to be ‘perfect’ feels too restrictive- have you heard the quote’ the number 1 thing you should know about food labels is eat more foods that don’t have labels’…I thought of it when I read your comment! Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I’ve been trying to eat healthier in 2015, and it has been working. A lot of carbs have been switched out for fresh fruits and veggies, and I’ve been stricter on packing my own lunches. However, I’m not sure I’ve learned how to eat “cleaner” and really need to learn how to read food labels better.
    Also, I have a chocolate weakness that I just cannot figure out how to kick. Any suggestions? Is there such thing as “healthy” chocolate?
    Thanks for this post! It’s one more step on my new attitude towards food. :)

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