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Snack Smarter: The Fruitful Kitchen Challenge!

Updated: Apr 5

Fruit for snacks
Apples One a day

Is an apple always the answer?

Snack Smarter with Fruit

Don't stop reading just because you don't like apples.

Maybe... I recall hearing once in a Weight Watchers meeting: if you're having a craving, eat an apple. Huh? That seemed a little obvious but also a tad condescending. We know apples are good for us; they keep us full, they keep the doctor away, they are sweet and should satisfy all of my sweet cravings. But hold on... If that were true, I would just eat apples all day and be thin and satisfied. But wait... that is not what I found. The apple is not what I am craving... I want chocolate, cookies, pies, and cakes.

So, what am I trying to get across to you? When you are in weight loss mode, there are things that you will need to do to continuously shed those pounds. You will need to limit your portions, manage your cravings, only eat when you're hungry, and make quality food choices. This is where the apple comes in. If you are genuinely hungry, an apple will suffice. (Or an orange or a bowl of berries). If you are just looking for a way to waste a little time or stress eating, your apple won't take care of the situation.

Remember, the key is to listen to your body and choose your snacks wisely. An apple can be a fantastic option when you're truly hungry and need a healthy, satisfying snack. However, it's essential to recognize when you're craving something else and address that underlying desire rather than simply reaching for the nearest piece of fruit. So, while an apple may not always be the answer, it's undoubtedly a valuable tool in your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Incorporating mindfulness into your eating habits can also make a significant difference. Pay attention to your body's signals and ask yourself if you're eating out of genuine hunger or simply out of habit or emotion. Sometimes, a craving for something indulgent isn't about physical hunger but about seeking comfort or distraction. In those moments, finding alternative ways to address your emotions or fill your time can be more beneficial than reaching for an apple.

Additionally, understanding the nutritional value of different foods can help you make informed choices. While apples are nutritious and low in calories, they may not always satisfy specific cravings. For example, if you're craving chocolate, which contains magnesium and serotonin-boosting properties, an apple may not provide the same satisfaction. Instead, you could opt for a small piece of dark chocolate paired with a satisfying snack like nuts or Greek yogurt to curb your cravings while still nourishing your body.

Ultimately, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight involves finding a balance between nourishing your body with nutritious foods and enjoying indulgences in moderation. While an apple can be a helpful snack option, it's essential to recognize that it may not always be the answer to every craving. By tuning into your body's signals, practicing mindfulness, and making informed food choices, you can navigate your weight loss journey more effectively and sustainably.

So here's a challenge for you: keep apples, oranges, bananas, or fruit salad readily available for one week. Snack Smarter with Fruit. Every time you catch yourself mindlessly wandering around the kitchen in search of a snack, limit yourself to these fruit options. Will you snack as frequently? It's uncertain. However, this challenge may provide the pause you need to gain a better understanding of your snacking habits and yourself.

One week, give it a try. I would love to hear from you and how it went.

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1 Comment

I was just sharing the “Apple theory” with a co-worker this week when they asked why I brought my apple slicer to work! Bc if I’m TRULY hungry, I will eat an apple and if I’m going to eat an apple, I won’t fight it if it’s sliced!

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