No, really, DROP the Chalupa!
It’s 4:00, Anthony is home from school, finishing up his homework quietly and Jack is still napping… could it be true? Do I actually have 15 minutes today?!? HOO RAY! So here’s as much as I can tell you before the other shoe drops…
There are SO many of us who are trying to eat better, eat LESS, cut out the garbage, just make better choices. Unfortunately, if you turn the tv on, or happen to live with someone who is not as focused on (ie: obsessed with) eating healthier, you will find yourself surrounded by temptation and images of savory snacks and tasty treats. (I know this because Curtis is currently sitting in the basement with a bag of those freaking Doritos tacos… grrrr…)
I have a few tricks that have proven to be helpful to me, and I wanted to share them with you as well!
1. DRINK A LOT OF WATER! I have found that when I start stalking the pantry, especially if I am looking for sweet, it usually means I need to drink. If I don’t drink enough water, I eat WAY more. Unfortunately, if I’ve already hit the predatory stage, it’s usually too late to reign it in so I keep big bottles or cups of water with me all day. Having it at the ready REALLY makes a difference in how much you drink.
2. Buy fruits and veggies that are quick and easy to snack on. If I can walk past a bowl of grapes or blueberries and quickly grab them and pop a few in my mouth I am WAY less likely to grab a bag of cheese-its or another less healthy snack.
3. WASH the fruits as soon as you get them home! I actually read on good ol’ pinterest that if you rinse berries in a white vinegar and water bath as soon as you buy them, they will stay fresh longer. I have found this to be true. Now, do I know for sure that it’s the vinegar that is making the difference? Not really, it could just be that we are eating them sooner because they are clean. But either way, if they are clean and ready, it’s EASY to snack on them. (See the theme here… making healthy options EASY!)
4. Enjoy your treats, but in the correct portions. Having a treat now and then is not the undoing to healthy eating. Eating an entire bag of chocolate chips, or half a quart of ice cream is! The easiest way to try and stop that trend is to dish out the correct portion of the snack and then put the rest of it away! (And yes, I WILL count individual chips!) If I bring the bag over to the couch, it’s so easy to mindlessly snack and next thing you know, the whole bag is gone.
5. Use smaller bowls. If I put two tablespoons of peanut butter in a regular bowl, it looks sad and tiny. But if I use a little prep cup, it’s a FULL bowl of deliciousness! Here’s a little treat I whipped up today: 16 Ghiradelli Bittersweet chocolate chips (70 calories) 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter (95 calories and 2 tablespoons of fat free cool whip (20 calories). I put it in a little bowl and I swear it tasted like I was eating an ice cream sundae for 185 calories. It totally hit the spot without blowing my eating out of the water!
6. FLAVOR, FLAVOR, FLAVOR! Some of you know about my secret love of Frank’s Red Hot, (yes, I have been known to drink it straight from the bottle). Well (much like the old lady in the commercial) I really do put it on almost anything. Broccoli, salad, grilled chicken, cottage cheese, a bowl of fat free shredded cheese… I think it makes everything so much tastier! If I need to choose cooked carrots over tortilla chips, then I might as well put hot sauce on them! I also use salsa as my main condiment. When food has more flavor I find it more satisfying. I actually use salsa as salad dressing. It’s super low calorie, has all sorts of healthy stuff in there and tastes great!
7. Don’t go away mad, just go away! Sometimes, you just have to remove yourself from the kitchen, or the dude eating the tacos (he will re-earn the title of husband when I see him polish off a salad later… for now he’s the evil taco man). I find changing the scenery and getting involved in something else helps break the urge to pick and snack. (THIS is why I was hiding in my room at 8:30 pm the other night.)
And on that note, I can hear Jack trying to dismantle his crib so my time is officially up. Hope this list gives you some new ideas! Who has more tips to share?!? PLEASE post them! I’ll take all the help I can get!!
Off to find the hot sauce…. 😉