Snack Attack

I know a thing or two about snacking. Once I bought a box of those 100 calorie snack cake things thinking that would be a good treat for me to have in the house for times when I really wanted a treat. I ate the entire box in the car on the way home. That turned out to be an 800 calorie snack cake, haha!! And they weren’t even good!
Another time I bought a big bag of trail mix thinking I would keep it in my desk drawer at work and just have a little every day. I ate the whole bag in 1 day.
I have a similar story with pretty much every chocolate ever made, chips, wheat thins, graham crackers…

The point is, there are about a zillion things to snack on, but most of them un-do all our hard work.

They key is finding a snack that you look forward to enough that at 3pm you will choose your healthy snack over a doughnut, but not so tempting (hello trailmix!) you will abuse it. That’s my struggle anyway.

Here are 3 easy snacks that fit into that category for me.

#1: Edamame
It’s fun to eat at restaurants so why not at home?! Or maybe you are all doing this already and I’m behind the times.

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What could be healthier than snacking on this fun to eat veggie? This is a great “nervous” eater food because you have to nibble them out of their shell so it takes a long time to eat a small amount of food. Not that I know anything about nervous eating, ahem.
So easy to make. Pick up a bag in the frozen food section. Boil some water in a pot, throw in however much edamame you want to make, boil 5 minutes, strain, sprinkle with salt (optional), and snack!

#2: Hummus Veggie Wrap
I love snacking on cucumbers and hummus but sometimes I need just a little more than that.

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Enter the wrap! Take an Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Tortilla (I find these are more filling than brown rice tortillas and they have 0 grams of sugar), smear some hummus on it and then top with whatever vegetables you have on hand. I pretty much always have tortillas, hummus, cucumbers and sprouts on hand so this is one of my favorites.

#3 Rosemary & Garlic Sweet Potatoes
Oh I just adore sweet potatoes. I made these in small cube form because I thought that seemed more sophisticated than the french fry shape. But any shape is great!

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View my sweet potato fry recipe here.
For these I used 2 jewel yams, cut into 1/2 inch dice.
Heated oven to 425˚F.
Put yam cubes in a large bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder & 1 teaspoon rosemary, crushed between the fingers. Those amounts are all approximate because I didn’t measure anything.
Bake 15 minutes at 425˚ then stir/flip and bake another 15 minutes.

Since the weather has been nice I have been taking Lilly on a daily walk or hike. At first she was very slow and really didn’t even want to walk to the end of the driveway. Now she is basically an exercise addict, haha! Well that might be a slight exaggeration, but for an almost 10 year old pug she really gets after it! Afterward she is very tired. We got home from a hike on Sunday and I took her bed and blanket out of the dryer and set them in the hallway. Next time I walked by the bed in the hallway this little stinker was passed out in it.

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Happy snacking!

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