Each Monday, I write a Motivation Monday post, which is to help motivate me and you in terms of physical well-being, both diet and exercise. I also include a “no” and a “yes” to help motivate us toward being physically healthy.
As I was getting ready to write this post this morning at the senior center, one of the other volunteers commented:
“When I was a kid, I didn’t eat a lot of chips, I didn’t eat a lot of candy bars. I would eat these [as she held up a graham cracker on which she was nibbling]…
…and ketchup sandwiches.”
No, this doesn’t mean that I’m going to take up eating the latter. However, last week I did make as one of my no’s no potato or corn chips, and this week I’m making another “no” for the year:
No Candy Bars
While unlike with chips where I can’t eat just one, with candy bars I can eat just one. The problem, of course, is a candy bar has a lot more calories than one chip, and even if I only have one candy bar a day, it is too many calories. It also replaces good calories of food that I should be eating. As my wife can attest by the number of candy bar wrappers I leave in our car, during some weeks I do have at least one candy bar a day.
Now the question is with what to replace that candy bar a day. It’d be easy to say “an apple a day,” but as I mentioned last week, I’m not big on apples as I mentioned last week. So for now, this is what I will say…
Yes to granola or fruit bars
I know. Even with granola or fruit bars, you have to be careful on the calories, but from what I remember, off the top of my head and not consulting any sources, most granola or fruit bars are at least 60 to 70 calories less than most candy bar. Even that is a change for the better, plus, of course, there’s the fiber factor, with granola or fruit bars having more fiber than candy bars.
So instead of picking up a candy bar at the convenience store, when I have a craving for a snack from now, I will buy a box a bar of granola or fruit bars (or maybe even go way out on a limb and buy both! whoa!) at the supermarket and eat one of those bars a day instead.
Of what other snacks besides fruits, vegetables, granola or fruit bars can you think that would be a healthy substitute for chips and candy bars?
For the record, if I ever did resort to eating ketchup sandwich, it would have to be Heinz, the only true ketchup in the world. 🙂