So, yesterday we talked about cravings. More specifically we talked about what those cravings mean emotionally, and our responsibility to ourselves to tackle those issues. Today I’d like to talk about food!

I think it’s important to have a healthy guilt-free relationship with food, even in blog form. So, let’s talk about how awesome eating is, shall we?


When you think of snacking, what’s the overall feeling that accompanies it? I think for a lot of us there’s usually a not-so-good connotation associated with it.

Bored? There’s a snack for that.

Stressed/anxious/worried? There’s a snack for that

Procrastinating? Celebrating? Just went grocery shopping?

There’s a snack for all that, too.

But snacking is not all bad. Yesterday I may have seemed a little anti-eating in my quest to combat emotional snacking, but I am in no way anti-eating. If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I am pro-eating.

Like if Eating had a Facebook page, I would Like it. (Actually I’m new to this form of social media, does Eating have a FB page?) If Eating was competing on Dancing With The Stars, I would vote for it (although not if it came down to Eating vs Aly Reisman. I’m obsessed with Aly Reisman) If they ever make an award for Excellence in the field of Ridiculous Blogging, and I win it, I want Obama (because he’d be the presenter obviously) to say “Charlotte, due to the absurdity of the things you publish on the internets and your unwavering support of Eating, we honor you with this edible award aka cookie.”

Imagine the text is frosting

Imagine the text is frosting

And I would say “Thank You, Mr President,” as one does when the President awards you with a cookie :)  (Aaand this post has officially veered off course. I normally try to edit out these tangents when they happen, but today I’m too tickled at the thought of a cookie award to delete it.) What were we talking about again? Ah yes, SNACKS.


I am a snacker… a big one. I love snack foods. Both healthy and unhealthy snack foods. I love a piece of toast with almond butter or peanut butter and banana slices on top. I love popcorn. I love pop-tarts. I love froyo. I love regular non-frozen “yo”. I love chocolate. I love fruit. In fact sometimes my meals are even composed of a few different healthy snack foods like yogurt, fruit, turkey slices, a granola/protein bar etc. Especially for breakfast on weekdays. And sometimes even for lunch. I tend enjoy snack-meals a lot.

Why do I love snacks? I will tell you in numeric list format:

  1. It’s fabulous not feeling STARVING by mealtime.
  2. It’s divine not slipping into the grumpy rage that accompanies low blood sugar… snacks have a way of warding off that little anxiety monster that creeps up and grabs me by the brain when I haven’t eaten in a while, and makes me freak out over my next meal.
  3. Ir’s tremendous having energy when I work out, write, work, you name it- I heart energy.
  4. It’s wonderful that the point of snacking is not to eat enough to last you the next 4, 5 or 6 hours but just enough so that you’re satisfied for the time being. And if you’re still a little bit hungry after, i’ts okay because the next snack is probably coming your way before you know it anyways.

So there you have it. 4 reasons. Call me Glen Coco because I got 4.

I’ve tried changing my eating habits in the past, like when trendy diet guru’s told me snacks are bad, but I’ve learned that I’m happiest when the meals are smaller and the snacks stay in. I used to feel quite a bit of guilt over snacking, but that guilt is pointless. Some people are happiest with 3 square meals, and similarly those people shouldn’t force themselves to eat small amounts throughout the day. It’s about finding what helps you function at your peak.

Basically it’s simple:

Snacks are good when used correctly to refuel, re-hydrate, and all that good stuff.

Snacks are not good when used as numbing devices for your emotions. I speak from experience on this one, and judging from all the amazing and wonderful comments on yesterdays post, you beauties can sympathize.

So today I raise my coconut Larabar to you all in a giant cheers to healthy snacking and the sanity it helps maintain.

Are you a snacker?

What’s your favorite go-to snack?

Do you ever have snack-meals?


44 Thoughts on “There’s a Snack For That

  1. Will you please put me on the guest list for your reception at the White House? I heart snacks too. Right now I’m a bit obsessed with Nutella, so one of my go to snacks is a piece of homemade cinnamon raisin bread with Nutella on top. Yum!
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    • AH nutella with cinnamon raisin bread should be on menus at restaurants its SO good. and LOL obviously you’ll be on the list to the white house cookie awards!! :)

  2. Lawrence on May 22, 2013 at 7:30 am said:

    I snack rarely. Generally I do 5-6 meals of 500 cals approx. but when I do, Pop Tarts rule! 😉

  3. Am I a snacker? Is that a serious question? 😛 My snack tooth is -insane-. I’ll often do the snack plate meal thing, or just skip out on having a concrete meal and snack the afternoon away instead. Not always ideal, but sometimes you just gotta give in. As for what makes up these snack fests… usually it’s cereal, fruit with nut butter, yogurt messes, baked treats… usually something sweet, because my snack tooth has to share living quarters with my sweet tooth, and both are pretty demanding. I’ve tried to cut back on my snacking a few times in the past, but it’s never worked… and I figure as long as it’s not doing me any harm, why fix it?
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    • hahaha THIS- “because my snack tooth has to share living quarters with my sweet tooth, and both are pretty demanding.” I couldnt agree more!! and yeah thats exactly my point- as long as snacking isnt doing me any harm, and it makes me oh so happy, why fix it??

  4. Hah, eating probably does have a facebook page. Everything has a facebook page!

    And coconut cream pie Larabar = best thing ever invented. (Except froyo, of course.)

    I’m a HUGE snacker. I love snacks way too much to part with them. Some of my go-to are froyo (obviously), Larabars, nuts, anything on top of English muffins, carrots and hummus (I love when this craving hits; I feel so healthy!), greek yogurt, fruit, granola (both healthy and unhealthy versions), Reese’s Puffs…and other super carby stuff. I like my carbs. :)
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    • Lol arent carbs the best :) your snack list is making me soo hungry. i used to alwayyys reach for hummus, but i stopped for some reason and now i cant remember the last time i had it- that needs to change soon. i lovvve hummus! i could also go for some froyo about now.. hmm… maybe a trip to pinkberry should be scheduled in this afternoon :)

  5. LOVE snacks. I even just love the word – snack snack snack. There’s something so youthful and leisurely and fun about it.

    When we travel, we pretty much only eat snacks. Little bites of this and that so we can try EVERYTHING. One unnecessarily large meal and you’re conked for the day – not so with snacks!

    My favorite snacks usually involve something a little sweet and something a little salty. It doesn’t have to be over the top (even like sweetish carrots with hummus works), but Luna bars often nail this – peanut butter cookie, nutz over chocolate, etc. nom. I also love to snack on anything dipped in PB.

    Actually, you know how when you focus on a word for too long, it starts to look kind of weird? Snack is starting to do that. Also, the girl above me wrote snacker, which also looks weird and kind of British.

    dgaf. still love them snacks!
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  6. Haha, four for you Glen Coco! So creative, you are. :) Yoda style today, I guess. Anyway, I am definitely a snacker as well and like you, I love how it helps me not annihilate food at meal times. I try my best to keep my snacks healthy, but when they veer off course, I’m okay with it. I just keep my relationship with food about as lax as possible because it’s too ridiculous to be so focused on it. Bring on the snackage, people! My favorite snack this week is cookie butter! haha, does that count?
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    • Can you believe I still havent tried cookie butter?! I KNOW. my boyfriend has a jar of it sitting in his kitchen, and I have yet to dive in. (although, in my defense we spend most of our time at my place, so i havent really had the opportunity but STILL, i should make it a priority) ps snackage is an awesome word. and happy birthday again to rebekah!!

  7. Girl, I am THE snacker ;).
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  8. Snacks are absolutely necessary in my house. The hubs and I have metabolisms like small furry animals and if we are without food for a few hours it gets real nasty in our house. We keep carrots, sliced cucumbers, hummus, nuts and fruit in the house to help satisfy our bellies between meals.

  9. I’m definitely a snacker! Unfortunately, I tend to snack on all things unhealthy – chocolate, candy bars, those little 100 calorie packs of things that aren’t really healthy for you. Sigh. I need to get back to the good kinds of snacks – veggies, fruit, etc. But… chocolate…
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    • Hahaha ohh chocolate. i tend to combine it into my snacks- like if i have carrots, i have a piece of chocolate for my snack dessert :) is snack dessert a thing? it really should be :)

  10. Tara on May 22, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

    I am also a snacker. Sometimes I will feel unproductive because I am just thinking on having something to eat. To counteract any dramatic weight gain, I’ll eat a smaller BLD serving and eat smaller meals throughout the day.

  11. I have a few go-to snacks.. PB and apple, air-popped popcorn, etc. The usuals! Plus chocolate.
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  12. Ha, anybody who’s ever read my blog knows that I love my snacks! Yes, they are a DAILY necessity! My current fave go-to snack are the SunRype Just Fruit & Grain bars…and greek yogurt, of course! AND my fave “un-healthy” snack will always be kettle-cooked potato chips. God bless those salty gems! **Everything in moderation** 😉
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  13. I’m a macho snacker. I’ve read before that people who snack tend to weigh less than people who don’t!
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  14. This is great, Charlotte! I would send you a box of Edible Blogging Awards if I know your address. But I’m not the president, so perhaps that doesn’t make it official? Lol. But yes! Snacking! I am a HUGE fan of the snacks, mostly because other than breakfast and dinner, my day is pretty much composed of many tiny snacks strung together when I get hungry. I just love that snacks allow me to mix it up and have a bit of everything :)
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  15. Team Snack! Thank you for pointing out they’re not all bad. It’s the decisions you make that are bad.

    Great post!
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  16. I love snacking! Apples and peanut butter will always be my favorite snack.
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  17. Reading one of your posts is the perfect pick-me-up!! You’re so funny- love the cookie award. 😉

    I absolutely have to snack or I will transform into the Hulk. I have an apple pretty much every day for a snack as well as the second half of my English muffin from breakfast with peanut butter and later on a banana. I should probably change it up more often but I love them!
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  18. Bhahahaha – I love this! First, I’d cheer in the crowd in front of the White House if the President gave you a cookie award. Secondly, I’m a huuuuuuge snacker. If I don’t have snacks, I get hangry (that’s hungry + angry…or, angry due to extreme hunger, which is usually the case). I’ve tried not snacking, only to find that by the time I get home from work I’m basically chewing my arm off. So, in the interest of keeping all my limbs…I say bring on the snacks!
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  19. Are you a snacker? Yes!

    What’s your favorite go-to snack?

    Do you ever have snack-meals?
    Yes, but not often

  20. I read this this morning while I was supposed to be paying attention in lifeguarding and I was nodding my head at my phone the whole time. I struggle a LOT with snacking (or I did, before I added them to my “plan”). I convinced myself I didn’t need them after seeing so many magazine ads and articles saying that they are just extra calories. I now eat 3 snacks a day in addition to my 3 main meals. Pretzels and granola bars (carb filled goodness) are regular staples in my diet, and I’m not ashamed to admit that at all. I don’t, however, eat snack-like meals. Gotta start somewhere!
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  21. Love your cookie award!
    And love that you love to snack, both healthy and unhealthy! Me too!
    I constantly eat throughout the day. I prefer to call it snacking! At work most of my snacks are healthy, unless someone brings in cookies, chocolate, or candy!
    My fave snacks are a delicious tropical fruit salad…so good or sour soothes!
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  22. Snacking is so tricky and in a way so individual. One of the frustrating things to me about snacking is that there will be one snack that works for a long time, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t satisfy at all. I’ve been trying to stick mostly to fruits and veggies lately. They seem to give me the best result. If I go for anything like granola bars or popcorn…I start to get off track. Fruits and veggies are my friends at the moment!
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  23. 1: I love Aly!! She is my idol! 😀
    2: Snacking is what makes my days at work bareable. My favorite snack is oil-free roasted chickpeas. I keep a bag full in my desk at all times! I have to make 2 batches a week to keep up with my habit. They are perfect for grabbing a few and crunching away!
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  24. Well put Charlotte! I’m definitely a snack-fiend too 😉 Especially as I just can’t do just three heavy meals a day – they make me sleepy, overfull, don’t keep me sustained, and often if I’m so starving before a meal I’ll end up overeating (and eating fatty/sugary foods) which just makes me feel bad! I think you’re completely right when you say when snacks are used correctly – whereas in your previous post you were talking more about snacks being the reflex go-to as a reaction when we can’t deal with emotions (and that most definitely is not healthy). So yes, cheers to snacks!
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  25. i love your writing style!! :) i like snacks a little too much… i will purposefully eat smaller meals just so i can have more snacks. or substitute meals for snacks. my favorites include peanut butter and baby carrots, fuji apple and a cheddar cheese stick, crunchmaster crackers, multigrain cheerios and almonds… yummy! i just had lunch, but now i want a snack 😉
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  26. I am a snacker too, and you are right it is fabulous to not feel starving by dinnertime! My favorites are yogurt and berries, apples with pb and raisins, peanut butter on a whole wheat wrap, popcorn, my list goes on and on!
    heheh I loved the “edible award cookie”! you are too cute!
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