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I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater. While I’ve enjoyed the occasional cookie or bowl of ice cream, I’ve generally made good choices. However, since I’ve been making recipes for my blog, I’ve had a lot of things in my pantry that never would have been there before. There have been times when I look for something to snack on and the first thing I see is the open bag of chocolate chips…what’s a girl to do? I reach in, planning just to grab a couple of course, but we all know how that usually works out! Those mini-marshmallows? I couldn’t help it…they were screaming my name!
My other problem comes when I sit down to watch a show with my hubby. He’s blessed with the gift of being able to eat anything he wants without any consequences…life is so unfair sometimes! If he sits down with a box of crackers or bag of chips, I can’t help but reach over and grab a handful too.
Lately I’ve realized that I’m eating WAY too much junk food and I really need go back to smarter snacking again! I’m starting by keeping better snack options on hand. Now when I hear that little growl in my stomach, I just grab one of these yummy treats.
1. goodnessknows® snack squares
This snack comes with the tagline “Goodness to Greatness” and is my newest awesome discovery! Not only are goodnessknows® snack squares free of artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, you won’t find any of the dreaded high fructose corn syrup that seems to be in everything these days! They’re really easy to find too…just look in the checkout aisle at Walmart.
I definitely feel like I’m treating myself when I have the goodnessknows® Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate variety…how can you possibly go wrong with those ingredients?! You can also try the goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate variety and goodnessknows® Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate. Not only are they a great snack for around the house, you can easily throw them in your purse for those days when you’re on the go. That way you’ll be less tempted to get that croissant at the coffee shop (okay, maybe that’s just me).
2. Peanut Butter & Celery
I am a huge fan of peanut butter! I eat it so much that when my daughter made a “fill-in-the-blank” Mother’s Day card for me in Kindergarten, she saw the question “My mommy smells like _____”, and wrote in peanut butter. I guess it could have been worse, right? I love the freshly ground all-natural peanut butter and it tastes great on celery. Occasionally I even throw some raisins on top and enjoy the old “Ants On A Log” recipe that I loved as a kid!
This is another great go-to snack. There are a few types to choose from but I always go for the traditional raw almonds. If you look on any list of healthy snacks to eat, almonds are almost always near the top! They’re healthy, filling and delicious…a perfect combination.
If you’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, try an apple! Because they have so much fiber, you’ll feel full much longer and therefore be less likely to grab those cookies. I’m not sure if it it’s true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but it can’t hurt, right?
When you’re in the mood for a salty snack, this is a healthier alternative to chips or crackers. I always buy the 94% fat free…I feel better about eating it and honestly, I can’t really tell the difference anyway. Want in on a little secret? When we go to the movies, my hubby and I always ask for extra popcorn salt (the orange kind). What we don’t use there, we bring home and save for our microwave popcorn. Popcorn salt hoarding (if that’s a thing) may be a silly habit but it sure does make for some delicious popcorn!
I’m not saying that I’ll never have a bowl of ice cream or piece of cheesecake again but for regular everyday snacking, I’m going to stick to these!
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