Lisa Cain, Ph.D., writes about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two and an avid snacker.
Why did you create the Snack Girl website?
My husband and I created Snack Girl in May 2009. It was originally called “Snack Snoop,” which everyone thought sounded like “Snack Poop,” so we changed the name to Snack Girl in November 2009.
Snack Girl was inspired by the fact that many packaged snack foods are not as healthy as you might think. In fact, the best snacks aren’t found in the snack aisle of the supermarket at all, but in the produce aisle.
Also, many people treat their snack as a time for a treat and not a healthy choice. With the prevalence of obesity in the country, I thought tackling snacks would help people. Eating healthy snacks can aid people in losing weight and feeling better.
How did you develop an interest in food and healthy eating?
I started paying attention to what I was eating when I had children. I realized pretty quickly that I could not raise them on meals of doughnuts and Chinese takeout if I wanted to be a responsible parent. I began to evaluate my own eating habits and making better choices to become a good role model.
Also, there is something about having children that makes one want to live a LONG time. So, I became motivated to become much healthier so I could meet my grandchildren.
How do our food choices affect the environment?
Clearly we are voting with our dollars whenever we shop at the supermarket. For example, by choosing fresh produce, we are making a choice for less packaging. There are so many ways in which our food production effects the environment. My top three are:
1. Choosing organic means using less petroleum fertilizer and pesticides.
2. Buying less meat is important because as you move up the food chain you use more resources.
3. Buying local when possible saves all that transportation energy by supporting local sources.
What advice would you give someone who’s looking to develop healthier eating habits?
I would say take baby steps. So many times we want to make a big change and we go to an extreme that isn’t sustainable. Evaluate your diet and pick one thing that you really need to fix. Change one small thing and then work on the next thing. Hopefully, these small changes will snowball into a BIG change.
What is your favorite snack? What are some of your family’s favorites?
My favorite snack is a sliced apple with a little peanut butter spread on it — boring but tasty. My son likes banana with peanut butter and my daughter loves popcorn with maple syrup and — you guessed it! — peanut butter. I guess we all love peanut butter — even my husband who is from Australia.
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