Sunday, 17 July 2011
We can all eat as healthy as we want, and exercise as much as we can, but one thing I don't think any human can overcome completely is a snack attack. Sometimes, no matter how well I eat and exercise, I wind up craving a super sweet dessert from the bakery across the street (what luck) or Doritos Spicy Nacho flavored. Big weakness for me. Now, it's okay to cave into those wants once in a while, but what if it's every week? I found a few simple replacement options that are filling and healthy.
1) What I like to call, Chocolatey Peanut Butter Cake Oatmeal. Now, there's no cake involved, but I find the warmth of the oatmeal along with the gooey, chocolatey peanut butter consistency gives that same satisfaction we get from a piece of cake or cookie.
- 1 packet of organic instant oatmeal (I like Arrowhead Mills)
- 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp of 100% organic pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tbsp of peanut butter
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened Almond milk
- ground flaxseed (optional, sometimes I like to add a crunch)
Combine almond milk and oatmeal packet. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in rest of ingredients. Or what I like to do is put the peanut butter in the middle like a filling.
2) Cheesy Potato. This is such a good thing to eat, especially when I'm craving nacho Doritos or something cheesy in general. Basically, you just heat up a potato in the microwave for about 8 minutes, cut in half and top the one half with a Laughing Cow Cheese (which now has so many flavors to choose from). The chipotle flavored one always does the trick for me.
*Popcorn also works, you can find flavoring at stores like nacho cheese and etc, especially made for popcorn.
3) Nuts and dried fruit. Now, you're probably like, ugh nuts and dried fruit, that's it? But seriously, works wonders. Ever since my nutritionist recommended this to me, it is my #1 go to snack, and you can carry it with you all day for when you feel hungry or just need something to chew. Two mixes I like are: Raw almonds with dried cranberries, or raw cashews with dried pineapple (sometimes with a little dried coconut flake mixed in). Don't overdo it on this though. Really, just 8-10 pieces of each nut and a little bit of fruit to eat along with it. You could even add some chocolate chips to the almond mix, but I couldn't because I'd eat the whole bag of chocolate chips!
What are your go-to snacks for a snack attack? What foods do you crave the most? What has worked/not worked for you in the past?