THE STORY OF 2 SNACKS:
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.
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!