It could be our sensitivity level to the subject, or possibly the proximity of time with school back in session, but there’s been a lot of snack cake talk going around.
Cake in a cup.
Individually wrapped “smiles.”
Let’s pretend for just a moment that cake isn’t loaded with sugar, bleached flour and in the packaged instance, fillers and preservatives. For this example let’s imagine the most wholesome cake possible. So, what would that look like? Nut flour, date paste, egg, nut milk… Where is the highest level of nutrient there? Isn’t that what we’re after when we snack?
Snacks were intended as something to feed our bodies to get the highest level of energy and nutrition with the smallest amount of effort and size. An apple is a snack. Cauliflower is a snack. Sugar, bleached flour, leavening and liquid do not chemically transform into a nutritious snack.
They become cake.
Cake is cake.
Somewhere during the time of dietary advice where it was decided we needed three more meals a day, and the idea that these extra meals should be miniature, our society lost the point of eating. The whole point that was given to validate these tiny meals, these snacks, was that we needed to fuel our bodies more often. Fuel.
Should we say that again? Maybe with some fervor.
It’s time to not only drop the snacks but to completely reject the idea that sugary fatty confections are acceptable substitutes for fuel. Yes, they will burn. Yes, our bodies will still live and run. But, just as if you put bad gas in an engine, the results aren’t a smooth running machine.
If you want to eat cake. Eat it. Plan to eat it. Eat with intent. For all things holy, don’t just go buy a box of chocolate-dipped, foil-wrapped greasy sugar bombs because you need a snack.