Monday, June 25, 2012

Snacky Sunday

Today's Workouts:

Vampire Run:  4.5 miles with 8 hill repeats.  Avg. 8:24 min/mile.
3 Rounds:  40 walking lunges
                   30 kettlebell swings
                   20 pushups
                   10 situps
                     5 pull-ups

Let's talk Snacks:
Nutritionists recommend eating 5-6 small meals per day rather than the conventional three. Since I am NOT a nutritionist and my world rarely operates "as recommended", I'm lucky to get in three meals per day.  

I simply do not have time to prepare more than three full meals per day.  I'm feeding five people here. If I prepared 5-6 meals per day for us, I would never leave the kitchen. 

Does anyone know what a "womam" is?

But, since I do really try to keep my calories per meal around 200 for breakfast and 300-400 for lunch and dinner, snacks are a requirement.   (Ummmm, no, 1000 calories/day is not enough fuel for anyone . . . not even a midget).   

And, I ❤ snacks. I would eat like a toddler all the time if I could.


But, it's very easy for me to turn "snack time" into "treat time." I am drawn to heavy carbohydrate-laden snacks like crackers, cookies, pretzels, and chips. Just like a toddler would be.

Yesterday was Sunday. Obviously. I had a baby shower and a dessert tasting on the agenda.  I knew it was going to be a snacky Sunday.  I decided to embrace that theme and just snack all day so that I could share some of my favorite snacks with you.

Hummus and a Hummus Delivery Mechanism

If you have read ANY of my previous food posts, you already know that I love, love, love hummus. 

People try to sell it as a healthy food, but I'm not so sure about that.  If eaten in the quantity that I would like to eat it (I could easily lick clean an entire family size container in 48 hours), I think I would turn into a chunky monkey pretty quickly.  Sure, its' a "good fat" since most of the fat is from olive oil and beans but fat is still just fat when eaten in excess.  And, 6g of fat in a 2 Tbsp serving is a lot when I'm inclined to dollop twice that amount on my plate.
However, that doesn't stop me from eating it.  Every.  Single. Day.  I just have to watch the amount.

My choice hummus delivery mechanisms are 34 Degree Crackers, baked Lavash crisps, sliced red bell peppers, sliced or speared raw zuchinni, and celery (not pictured).

Cottage Cheese and Granny Bee's

This was my favorite snack last summer.  Granny Bee's is a jalapeno relish that a friend of Elizabeth's would pick up for us when she was somewhere in Louisianna.  Our Granny Bee's exchanges typically take place on street corner and look similar to a drug deal from Weeds.

I like to crumble Chipins into this mix but our Walmart stopped carrying Chipins last fall in yet another attempt to ruin my life.  Rat bastards.

 Greek Yogurt and Oats Parfait

This is my favorite snack this summer.  Elizabeth is a little bit obsessed with it, too.  And, we can't claim it as our own since every food/fitness/nutrition blogger is talking about it . . . because everyone loves a parfait.

You can google it and find hundreds of different but very similar recipes, but the mix that Elizabeth and I have been making includes:  1/4 cup whole grain old-fashioned oats,  1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup blackberries, and a few drops of liquid stevia and almond extract.  Just throw into a container and shake it up.  Refrigerate it overnight.

Before refrigeration:  shaken, not stirred
 I kind of feel like the yorgurt parfait should be eaten within 24 hours of preparation (shorter if you use banana) but that's just a personal hang-up.  The one above was at the end of its shelf life and looked kind of blech - so I added the cashews to distract you.  And, then I ate it.

Soaked Cucumbers

My mom has a wicked good recipe for cucumbers and onions soaked in sugar/vinegar/cracked red pepper.  It is freaking delicious, and Oz and I will stab each other over it if it's in our kitchen. 

BUT . . . it's high in sugar and my first attempt at substituting the sugar didn't turn out so great.  So, Oz has taken to soaking cucumbers in a simple saltwater solution, and I really like it.  They are crisp and refreshing.  They probably don't really count as a real snack but I like munching on them while I'm cooking dinner . . . prevents me from munching on something dangerous . . . like peanut butter cups.

Wine and Cheese

My obsession is Laughing Cow Cheese.  There are 3 different kinds in my cheese drawer right now.  A wedge of one of the light varieties is only 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of sugar.  I will smear it on about anything:  english muffin, lavash, rice cake . . . my finger.  

I firmly believe that if you are going to have cheese, you should counteract it with wine.  I don't know why.  Probably because I just like wine. 

Now,  since this is a "true confessions" blog . . . what I really wanted to snack on yesterday but didn't  . . . because I ate 8 the day before):

Peanut Butter Oreos

These are ridiculous. It's an Oreo. With peanut butter inside.

It's like the geniuses at Oreo said, "What can we make that will turn Jenni's world upside down? Oh yes, peanut butter-filled Oreos."

You can't find these at our Walmart on just any old day of the week.  Instead, they carry the disgusting strawberry filled Oreos that are more fit for the trash than your belly.  But, just the other day, I was buying spicy water at Homeland, and my finely tuned peanut butter radar picked-up their scent up on aisle 7.

I threw them in the cart with the intention of not breaking into them until the 4th of July.  Because that's a holiday, and if you can't have peanut butter Oreos on a holiday . . . well then when can you have them?

Well, apparently, you can have them on a random Saturday afternoon after a few club specials at the pool.   It happened to me.  My inhibitions were down, and those Oreos were calling my name. So I busted into them, and I ate two, I mean three, I mean four . . .  well . . . eight.   Just like that.

Doh.  The great and powerful Oz ate some too, though. 
I didn't do all this damage by myself.  Just most of it.

And, because the club specials had also deadened my "guilty conscience", I didn't feel bad about it either.


P.S.  - Feel free to chime in and leave a comment with your favorite snack.  Share away.  Or if you need to confess something, you can do that, too.  It might get more interesting that way.


  1. I love the laughing cow lite queso flavor, soooo good!! with pita chips is a favorite. this is a snack + latest guilty pleasure is the biscoff's spread...seriously amazing! i haven't actually done this, but i'm sure i could eat an entire jar in a day... ;)

    1. I've hear of biscoff. It makes me very nervous. I don't need another spreadable addiction.