Maintaining my ideal body weight is like listening to Musak while waiting for customer service, not my idea of fun. I love food and how it adds joy to my relationships and life; think cookies, party food, and punch. But from a self-care perspective, too much food equals too much me.
While strolling through my Pocket, I was inspired by this article, Low-Calorie Snacks for Every Craving from Real Simple magazine. Forty-eight slides later, I’ve walked away with some tasty new convenience snacks to try. And I’ll share some of my trusted standbys, too.
Dry Roasted Edamame by Seapoint Farms
is a protein rich snack that tastes a bit different from regular dried soy beans and comes either lightly salted or wasabi flavored. This product is packaged in different sizes, with 100 calorie single-serving packs (pictured) being super convenient. The article recommends mixing a 100 calorie serving of edamame, about 3 tablespoons, with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. Simply yummy.
Kashi Ripe Strawberry Cereal Bar(pictured) is loved by everyone in my family (unlike the edamame which my eight year old would rather shoot with a slingshot.) We got started on them a year ago when I read The 50 Best Snack Foods in America at Men’s Health. At that time, I was looking for man-friendly snacks and this one came in at #46. Perhaps it would have ranked higher if it didn’t have a picture of a pink strawberry with pretty twirling letters on the wrapper.
Dark Chocolate Cocoa Roast Almonds by Emerald come in 100 calorie packs also, and if you missed it, 2013 was the year of the healthy nuts when research confirmed their benefits like weight maintenance as well as stress reduction, improved heart health, reduced cholesterol, and more. These are just chocolatey enough to keep me from grabbing for the Godviva. Most days 🙂
Sunsweet Ones Pitted Dry Plums are individually wrapped and fit anywhere, go everywhere, and are the perfect foil to a quick drop in energy or to tide one over until the next meal. On a side note, why do kids think the word “prune” is weird?
Salty Pepper Somersaults Snack are crunchy, flavorful and packed with sunflower seeds. They come in regular and trial size packages as well as different flavors. While it’s hit or miss, I found cinnamon Somersaults at Ross Dress for Less for a great price.
Now it’s your turn. Please share your favorite convenience snacks. Thanks for sharing!
I’m off to make my own microwave popcorn ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc