I’m back! I hoped to blog more than I do but … life happens. I’ve been out of town a bit and while away I had a chance to think about blog topics. One thing I thought of was snacks.
If you are like me, snacks often become ‘main meals’. Since I don’t have to please anyone with my culinary talents I tend to eat a lot of random foods and try new (sometimes weird) food combinations. I thought I’d share some of my favorite snacks.
1. DEEP RIVER ZESTY JALAPEÑO POTATO CHIPS:
YAAAASSS!!! I bet you weren’t expecting this, huh?
This is my #1 favorite junk food snack. I love kettle chips…. but they DO NOT love me (bloating from salt). So, now that I try to eat healthier I don’t eat them nearly as much as I used to. In the past year I’ve had them twice. So, no harm done physically.
Even though they are not a regular snack anymore, they stay at the top of the list for my go-to mental health prescription.
2. MINI PRETZELS KNOTS AND MUSTARD:
Something I’ve learned over the past 11 months is that the ‘crunch factor‘ is an important part of ‘eating’. Sometimes after eating I still wanted to eat, even though I am satisfied and not thirsty. I figured out that what was missing was the crunch factor. A hard crunch of a pretzel completely satisfied this need. So on occasion I will eat pretzels with mustard as a dip.
I am a HOT AND SPICY mustard girl. I have some mustard that makes my organs burn but it’s so good; and the best part is that most mustard varieties are only 0 to 10 calories.
Side Note: This Sweet Hot Mustard right here had me lit up when I first tried it! The first taste is so sweet and just as your brain registers the sweetness the fire hits you and all normalcy vanishes…but it’s so good.
What else is in the buggy that day? … grapefruit, spinach, and lemon ginger tea.
3. FRESH CUT VEGETABLES:
This has become a favorite. I keep red, yellow and orange peppers, and cucumbers in the refrigerator so when I have an attack to eat when I’ve already had a meal, I do not eat anything I’ll regret. I can eat unlimited amounts of this … guaranteed to be full and satisfied long before I’ve racked up any substantial calorie count. Typically, I sprinkle with salt, pepper and rice vinegar.
4. APPLES … APPLES …WATERMELON:
These are my two favorite seasonal fruits. I eat apples all winter and watermelon all summer. Both are good to me and for me.
5. POPCORN (Made on the stove):
I don’t eat microwave popcorn, but I eat lots of popcorn… (filler food). I have one of those Whirley-Pop Popper that you put kernels in to make popcorn on the stove. I use a bit of coconut oil and I buy Amish kernels …. taste so good.
Whoever told me about putting Hot SAUCE on popcorn, I’m coming for ya …. that is the BEST SNACKING ever! Try it!
OK, that’s it.
6. BOILED EGG & COTTAGE CHEESE:
I texted this picture to my mother and she responded with one word … “YUCK!” 😂😂
OK, it might not look all that appetizing but it does the trick. If you need a quick hit of protein and need to stave the hunger, this does it. The egg is about 70 calories and a 1/4 of cottage cheese is about 50 calories, so for about 120 calories, you get protein and a feeling of fullness.
What more do you want people? P.S. I don’t even register the calories for the cuke slices…. it’s minimal.
What’s that sprinkled on top? Cayenne Pepper. I put it on many edibles; it gives a little kick to your food, boosts your metabolism a bit and it’s good for you.
Now you have to tools to snack and not blow your healthy living goals!