Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crunchy & Creamy?!

Those are my two favorite words when it comes to food - crunchy & creamy.
BUT, that usually means something along the lines of cheese, chips or dip.

Almost 6 weeks ago, I joined weight Watchers. I have reached my 5% goal and heading toward goal #2 - my 10% weight loss goal to my goal weight. It's ironic my mean-letter-writer decided to "school" me on predisposing myself to health risks and obesity. At first, I wondered if it was someone I knew - but then I realized, it could not be. I worked for the American Heart Association for five years and always preached preventative measures for good health. I also am a HUGE ADVOCATE for organic living. The problem is - I suffer from two things: laziness and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Two components to slow weight loss.

I won't get into PCOS here, but look it up. You'll understand then how someone who was in really good shape most of her life suddenly gained weight, and had hardly changed a single thing. But that doesn't matter...

What matters is this article in Shape magazine about 40 different crunchy and creamy snacks for under 200 calories!!!

Even if you are not "dieting," these are fantastic treats to curve those little well.. not to repeat myself too much.. but.. crunchy and creamy. Yummm...

Here is just a sampling of ideas:

Pretzels with Almond Butter
Original Pop Chips with Avocado & Sun dried Tomatoes
Frozen blueberries with 14 whole almonds
Multi grain crackers with light ricotta and chopped dried apricots
Cucumber slices with Laughing Cow swiss cheese
Air popped popcorn with unsweetened cocoa
Cottage cheese with Honey Brown rice crackers
Peanut Butter celery with strawberries..

And the list goes on!

Check out this fantastic tip HERE

Tell me.. which one is your favorite and what would you add to the list?

PS - I want to clarify something. One day, someone said to me... How can you eat so much "organic food" and not be skinny? The answer is - Organic does not mean low fat.

Here is the proper definition of organic: are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Hope that helps!

1 comment:

scrapwordsmom said...

Keep on going Nicole!! You are inspiring me to do better. I am still working on the whole eat better thing move more thing and it's workiing...slowly but surely.

Those crackers with ricotta cheese and dried apricots sound yummy! I must see this full list. I, too love crunchy and creamy!!


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