Random Fact: My favorite candy bar is the Hershey’s symphony bar.
I went to the movies the other day. I purchased my elephant sized popcorn and a drink my toddler could swim in along with a package of chocolate covered peanuts. I wandered into the theater and performed a few Olympic worthy leaps and bounds to get to my seat. I settled down with all my indulgences and began opening my package of chocolate covered deliciousness. If you have ever counted calories, dieted or denied your self junk food for the sake of health, than you understand how excited I was to open my treat. Imagine my complete disappointment when I looked at the back of the package to check the calories per serving (it’s a habit I just can’t break) and discovered that my ‘treat’ was actually part of a healthy and balanced diet! There are in fact FIVE WHOLE GRAMS of protein in this package of candy. Making it far superior to other lesser candies. Because this candy was part of a healthy and balanced diet. Really? Because I thought I was having candy. As in the stuff that rots your teeth and makes my children turn into gremlins?
Apples, carrots, broccoli, yogurt, chocolate covered peanuts. Which of the previous doesn’t belong? I’m going with chocolate covered peanuts. I don’t care how Nestle’ tries to pretty up the fact, a chocolate covered anything is dessert. I am fully aware that I am eating candy. I like to eat candy. I do not need the food industry to make me feel better about eating junk food. It’s supposed to be junk. Not something I eat all the time, just something that is enjoyed from time to time. Like at the movies, or with my girlies when we go away for awhile.
It’s the same thing with chips. My family and I were at a grocery store in the chip aisle. The chip aisle! The home of salt and high cholesterol. One of the chip makers was advertising multi-grain chips. And these weren’t tortilla chips, they were potato chips. Why, I ask, why? Because when I dip my multigrain chips into french onion chip dip I am making a healthy food choice? NO! Does the food industry really think we are that incompetent that I will believe chips are a healthy choice? If I am in the chip aisle, I can guarantee you I am not there because I want to be making a healthy choice.
I know there are better choices when it comes to snacking, but sometimes I like to eat junk. I enjoy the combination of salty and sweet that comes from combining a bowl of popcorn with a box of whoppers. I don’t do this all the time, just occasionally. Probably more often than I should, but that is a choice that I am making. Thanks for trying to make me feel better about it junk food makers, but part of the enjoyment is indulging in something just not that good for me.
What’s your favorite junk food?