Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sucess & Snacks

Today (day three) WAS.A.SUCCESS. Amazingly I have not been having many cravings throughout the day, other then random thoughts about those wonderful Girl Scout cookies floating around lately! Did I mention we only have access to these once a year? Why in the world did I choose this time to start this darn 30 day challenge? 

Some of you may be wondering what the heck I eat since I am not consuming anything with sugar.  I know you are because Brenden thinks I am crazy. Here are some ideas for you!

Fresh fruits and veggies top my list of healthy snacks!  A great addition to eat with vegetables or pita bread is hummus.  Hummus is a great source of protein and is VERY easy to make. It is also a versatile recipe that you can get creative with. If you do a quick Google search you will find endless variety of recipes for hummus.  Here are a few I found*.
Pinch my Salt
Video of Making Hummus  --Imagine this is me. Someday I hope to have a video camera to make my own!
MckMama's Hummus Recipe 
*Disclaimer: I have only tried MckMama's recipe for hummus, so I do  not guarantee the other two are good. But just reviewing the recipes I pretty much can guarantee they are.   

Here are some other snack recipes that would be wonderful replacements for packaged, sugar filled snacks. 

1. Musings of a Housewife Homemade Granola Bars How-To Video.
       (she is my blog idol! Check her blog out here )
2. Raw Veggie Cereal with Almond Milk 

3. Honey Granola Crunch, by Jennifer Spears or MckMama
You'll need:
     4 cups old fashioned oats
     2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
     1 cup golden raisins
Cook and bring to a boil for just one minute the following:
      3/4 cup honey
      1/2 cup butter
      2 tsp cinnamon
      1 tsp vanilla
      dash of salt
To make:
Mix everything together. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring and flattening every 5 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Some other ideas for sugar free snacks:  
Girl Scout Cookies Natural Peanut Butter* with celery
Plain Greek yogurt with a little honey or fruit added in if you can not handle the plain by itself,
*This does not mean Jiffy or Peter Pan Peanut Butter. You can find natural peanut butter in health food stores like Whole Foods or in the "Organic/Health Food Section" of major grocery stores. 

What healthy, sugar free foods do you snack on???  

Coming Thursday.....What is the big deal with HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)?

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