Friday, September 14, 2012

A Game of Inches: Trading in the Chips

So, maybe you're with your kids or buddies watching the New York Giants grind it out on the gridiron with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Maybe, you've turned on the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals battle for the last National League wild card with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game is a real nail-biter, which gets you to craving something salty and crunchy to eat. During a official's review of a call or a pitching change, you run into the kitchen and grab a bag of chips.

STOP RIGHT THERE!

According to Livestrong, an ounce of regular potato chips contain 153 calories, 10.5 grams of fat, very little protein or other nutritional value. Often, though, chips contain a ton of sodium and as an added bonus, quite a bit of MSG, which doesn't do anything good for your body and probably a few things that are actually sort of bad! And, believe me, an ounce of chips won't even start to scratch your snack itch.

You still have that craving for a salty, crunchy snack, so what do you do? Well, The Single Father's Guide suggestion is to trade in the chips for the Crumb-Cruncher's Evolving Trail Mix:

Crumb-Cruncher’s Evolving Trail Mix

                                    One 8-ounce bag nuts, raw or roasted
                                    One 8-ounce bag fruit, dried
                                    One 8-ounce bag wasabi "nuts"

In a bowl, add nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, etc.), dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins, etc.), and wasabi nuts. Mix with a spoon. Leave on the counter for general munching by dad and the kids. As stores diminish, replace with more of the same or some different items to mix it up!

The salty nuts will satisfy that salty/crunchy craving, the dried fruit will add a "sweet," and the wasabi nuts will cover the spicy base, so all of your taste desires are satisfied. Moreover, the mix will be lower in carbs and chemicals, higher in protein, and will stick to your ribs a lot longer than those chips.

Making healthier choices everyday will keep both you, single dad, and your kids healthier and happier. Remember, you don't have to hit a home run every time you're up to bat. Just keep hitting singles and you'll score plenty of "runs."

Remember, it's a game of inches.

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