I confess to being a snacker. I fill up quickly at a meal, then get hungry a couple of hours later. Of course current thinking is that eating frequent, small meals is the key to weight control, but the key to this is what you snack on.........
I have already had an affair with wheat thins, then I moved on to blue tortilla chips. What do these two items have in common..........salt! And salt tells your brain: just one more chip (or cracker)....then one more...then just one more again. And your clothes get tighter and tighter.
So I have been on the hunt for healthy snacks that fill me up with just a few bites maybe each hour. I went through a phase of raw almonds, then moved on to roasted almonds (no salt), then I discovered cocoa powder covered almonds. And chocolate covered espresso beans also slipped in there.
For Christmas, my daughter gave her Dad her famous trail mix. I helped him eat it and guess what happened after a week or so?
Oops....well, I stared at the empty cannister for about a week, then went to Trader Joe's and got a selection of things I like in trail mix. Made a trip to Harris Teeter for those cocoa almonds. And mixed. A lot. This should last for awhile. And it is so good (although I did leave out the M&M's to hubby's sorrow....I mean it is meant to be healthy. And guilt-free.
This mix contains roasted almonds, cocoa almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries, and some healthy low fat granola from a box.
So I can walk by the pantry now and grab a handful and get my snack fix without feeling guilty.