Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snack Attack

In my attempt to eat and snack healthier - I've lost 25 pounds since June by doing so - I've had to come up with some snacks that are delicious and low in calories.  And filling.  They also have to be quick and easy to make in the truck, usually while it's moving.  These are my top five:

Apple slices with Peanut Butter
My apple of choice is the super-sweet, super-crispy Fuji.  If that's not available, I'll settle for a Pink Lady.  But I'm kinda picky.  And then, as you would expect, I just slice it up and smear peanut butter on the slices.  Deeeelicious.

Greek Yogurt with Peaches, Coconut Flakes, and Sliced Almonds
Fage 2% Greek Yogurt is the only one I will eat.  I take 1/2 cup of the Fage yogurt, chunk up a fresh peach, add 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes (they're a million times better if they're toasted), and 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds.  Hot diggity, I love this snack!

Crackers, Cheese and Tapenade
Lately, I've been into Triscuits.  I never used to like them because I thought they tasted like hay.  They still kind of taste like hay, but I guess I've grown to enjoy the taste of dry grass.  I take seven Triscuits (portion control!), 1 ounce of cheese (whatever I have on hand), and 2 tablespoons of some kind of tapenade.  My favorite is artichoke, but I am also fond of olive tapenade.  One time, I made them with some beautifully delicate Fromage Blanc, each cracker topped with the half of a juicy sweet grape.

English Muffin, Peanut Butter, and Banana
Thomas’ Honey Wheat English Muffins are my favorite base on which to build this treat.  Toast the English Muffin, smear Peanut Butter (for this, I like to use chunky peanut butter) on each side, then top with sliced banana.  So freakin' good.  Sometimes I also eat this for breakfast.

My favorite is watermelon, but I'll eat almost any fruit; cantaloupe, grapes, orange slices, plums, honeydew, cherries.  Oh, cherries!  Lately I've been craving a fresh peach, but they're out of season so I can't find them anywhere.  So sad.

So there you have it, my current top five snacks.  If you have any ideas, send them my way!

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Gil said...

Enjoy the peanut butter. I was told that my potassium level is too high by the kidney specialist and I can no longer eat foods with potassium. Everything I like has potassium and nuts, citrus fruits and many of my other favorites have a lot of it too. Pray tell she is the same doctor that told me to limit fluid intake to 1,200 ml daily because of swelling in my feet and legs. I went round and round with her about the lack of water increasing the potassium level. Good thing Anne is monitoring these things and keeping a spreadsheet of what she knows I consume.

BECKY said...

Yummy snacks! I love the apple/peanut butter one the best, myself! Congrats to you for the weight loss. Gosh, especially being in a truck so much, that is really an accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

Triscuits are a great choice for a cracker. I was reading somewhere that if you look on the box at the ingredients, it lists only three.

I drive local, 12 hour shifts and I am constantly looking for low-cal snacks.

Love your blog!


The Daily Rant said...

GIL: Interesting. I never even think of those things, although I have been a little more aware of things that are high in salt or cholesterol.

BECKY: Thanks for the congrats. It's not as much as I thought I'd lose in 5 months, but I can't complain, right? It's better than nothing.

ANONYMOUS: I'll have to check out the box on those Triscuits. I'm thinking the first ingredient is going to be "hay". It's so hard to think of low-cal snacks, isn't it? I mean, that you're able to munch on while driving? And the temptation to pick up something at the truckstop is intense!

I also like baby carrots with a little side of salad dressing. I've been into the Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressings (http://www.marzetti.com/products/marzetti/product.php?bc=45&cid=1) lately. I really like the Pomegranate ones on salad, but the Caesar is pretty delicious for dipping veggies.

Thanks for your readership and thanks for commenting!! Be safe out there.