There are so many delicious, healthy food options these days that it can be hard to choose between them all. But when it comes to our health, some types of food are just not worth it—we’re talking about Calorie Rich and Processed (C.R.A.P.) foods! Read on to learn why you should avoid these unhealthy eats and what kind of snacks you can reach for instead.
What Exactly Are C.R.A.P Foods?
C.R.A.P foods are those quick-fix snacks that really don’t provide us with any nutritional value but do fill us up in the short term with their high calorie content and added sugars, fats, salts, and preservatives. They’re often found in the aisles of convenience stores or at fast-food restaurants, and they include such items as candy bars, chips, fries, doughnuts, ice cream treats, sugary sodas and energy drinks, processed meats like hot dogs or pepperoni sticks, pre-made meals like macaroni & cheese or microwaveable burritos…you get the idea!
The Dangers of Eating Too Much C.R.A.P. Food
Eating too much C.R.A.P. food can cause a number of health issues such as obesity or diabetes due to its high sugar content, heart disease due to its high levels of saturated fat, high blood pressure due to the high sodium content, and dental problems such as cavities from its excessive sugar intake (not to mention bad breath!). In addition to weight gain due to its calorically dense nature, eating too much processed food also increases your risk for chronic illnesses such as cancer due to its chemical additives and preservatives – especially when consumed on a regular basis over time!
Healthy Alternatives To C.R.A.P.PY Snacks
Fortunately there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there these days if you’re looking for something tasty yet nutritious between meals! Things like whole-grain crackers with hummus or nut butter, fresh fruits & veggies, trail mixes made with oats & nuts, homemade energy balls, real fruit juice, frozen fruit bars, smoothies, and popcorn are all great options that won't wreak havoc on your health (and will still satisfy your taste buds)!
All in all, it's important for us holistic moms to remember that while convenience is key when it comes to mealtime (especially during hectic school days!), we need to be mindful about what we're putting into our bodies – both for ourselves AND our families! So next time you find yourself reaching for that bag of chips or box of cookies in the grocery store aisle – remember one thing: Don't grab the C.R.A.P.! Opt instead for healthier options like those listed above so that you can keep your family happy & healthy without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction!
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