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When the low fat craze hit in the late 80’s and early 90’s the grocery industry saw the emergence of what my friend Lindsey calls ‘faux foods”.
Faux is a French work used to describe something made to resemble something else. The original French word means false, fake, imitation or artificial.
You know, as in faux fur or faux leather.
It is not the real deal.
So many pre-packaged food items out there are the same. They are simply not the real deal. However, they promise to satisfy us with an acceptable imitation of the real thing, only with less fat, less calories or less sugar.
I have a little issue with faux foods. Oh, I used to consume them regularly. A little fake cake here; a little artificial candy there; some puffed-up, air-filled crackery contraptions as a snack.
The trouble for me with faux foods is they really don’t satisfy. Most are empty carbs with little protein or fat so they have no satiating power making me feel full.
Instead, they simply spike my blood sugar. Then I crash and an hour or so later, I’m hungry again.
They also are pricey. Have you ever sat and figured out what you are paying per pound for faux foods? Some of them are nearly $5.00 a pound!!!
I have found that I have much better success with snacks the way God made them: an apple with natural peanut butter; a handful of dried cherries and raw almonds. Cut up veggies dipped in hummus or popcorn anyone?
How about you? Ever been hooked on a faux food? What real foods do you eat for snacks that are yummy and satisfying too?
Real women everywhere want to know. :-)