Breathe in. Breathe out. That’s something I have been saying a lot lately. It’s a cleansing breath, a reminder to be still for a minute and relax and so much more. And with a challenge that’s all about changing your life, it’s important to remember to do that.
It’s Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 day again, and this week’s topic is Go-To Snacks.
There couldn’t be a more perfect topic for me. I am a snacker. Though I have improved (by that I mean having fewer, better snacks), I still love a good snack. But the snacks I crave — cookies, chips and the like — really aren’t good for me, so I’ve been avoiding them and trading them for better snacks. Once that deliver those elements of sweet, crunch or salt that I love, without the empty calories.
As a result, I have largely overhauled our snack cabinets, choosing really smart snacks to keep handy instead of the ones that taste good but aren’t that nutritious.
Generally, I keep all or most of these on hand (though stocks are admittedly low today … I just polished off the almonds and we are plain out of pretzels).
- Nuts and seeds – dry-roasted almonds, roasted and salted pumpkin seeds, pistachio nuts
- Fruit – bananas, berries of all hues and types, sometimes apples or clementines
- Crackers – anything whole-grain
- Pretzels – honey-wheat braids, preferably
- Dried fruit – freeze-dried pineapple and strawberries, dried cranberries, dried apples
Now, if I am craving something sweet – like dessert sweet – my go-to is one that I think I swiped from Cate: Whole grain toast with a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. It’s delish and totally fixes that sweet craving.
What are your go-to snacks? Share!
Be sure to check out the other ELB bloggers too.
- Cate O’Malley from Sweetnicks
- Joanne from Eats Well with Others
- Maris Callahan – In Good Taste
- Chris Arpante – Melecotte
- Faith – Blog Appetit
- Kristen - Dine and Dish
- Jenna – Stop, Drop and Blog
- Casey – The Starnes Family
- Patsy – Family, Friends and Food
- Tri-Fit Mom
- Claire – Cooking is Medicine
- Allison – Sweet Flours
- Jen – NJ Epicurean
- Leslie – The Hungry Housewife
- Rivki Locker – Healthy Eating for Ordinary People
- Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
- Jennifer Schulz – Lick-a-Plate
- Sarah Rogers – Sarah’s Sweet Creations
- Denise and Lenny – Chez Us
P.S. If you haven’t already, please take my Family Meals Survey 2011. I am a little over half-way to my goal of 100 responses. Please help me get there!
About the Author (Author Profile)Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.
Sites That Link to this Post
- Me + Giada in Redbook Magazine | Food & Life | February 23, 2011