First of all, let me start by saying I have no clue what's up with the spacing on this post. I know it's all wonky in some spots, but oh well. That's life. Moving on...
Last Thursday I headed out with one of my best friends to go find bridesmaid dresses for her wedding. Little did I know that we would not only find the dress she wanted, but I would also do a fitting and buy the dress that day!
This is the dress. Nevermind the fact that the model looks pregnant for some retarded reason (that's honestly all I see when I look at this picture). It's actually a super cute dress and am so happy Nina's got good taste :)
Buuuuut anyway, how am I planning on looking the way that I want to in this without having to sacrifice the amazing food that I love? Here's one thing. Snacking smarter. Thus, the following are some of my favorite healthy-ish snacks (by healthy-ish I usually in no way mean that they're good for you, just lower in the bad stuff).
Cue music... These are a few of my favorite things
1. Sugar free Jello cups
They come in so many different kinds. Pudding, jello, and these new mousse ones which look to die for. Best part? Each Pudding cup has only 40cal, the jello is 10cal, and the mousse is 60cal. They can taste a little diet-y at times, but for only 10cal a cup, I'm sold. Which brings me to my next treat...
2. Sugar free popsicles
Omg, so good. The popsicles are alright, but the fudgesicles and creamsicles are ah-mazing. The popsicles are 10cal each, the fudgesicles are 35cal, and creamsicles are 20cal. The weather finally figured out that it's supposed to be summer and is now trying to make up for lost time by being a billion degrees, so these are definitely some of my go-to's right now.
3. Fresh & Easy organic sea salt popcorn
I couldn't find a picture for you, nor do I remember how many calories are in it, but it's some crazy low amount. I love this stuff! So much better than the buttered alternative. If you're a salt fiend like I am, the simple saltiness of the F&E popcorn is amazing. If you're not an F&E shopper, I know that Trader Joe's has a similar one and I'm sure you can find something along the same lines at your grocery store.
4. Pirate's Booty or Trader Joe's Unburied Treasure (I opt for the TJ's brand. It's cheaper and you get more!)
Pirate's Booty is kind of like a flavored packing peanut. I'm not kidding. They're the weirdest texture, made from puffed corn and coated with a flavor. The little puff balls may not be for everyone, but I still have yet to come across a skeptical eater who didn't like them. For a 2.5 cup serving (which is a lot of this stuff) there are 140cal.
Edamame is definitely my favorite "good for you" snack. Coming from a girl who hates most veggies, these are heaven-sent! I get em from Trader Joe's (they're cheapest there) in the freezer section. Grab a handful of the little fuzzy pods, toss em in a bowl, then nuke em in the microwave for 20 seconds or so and you've got a snack your mom would be proud of. Just pop em out of the shells and enjoy. They're super high in protein and all sorts of vitamins or something. Though, I recently got some from Fresh & Easy and didn't really like them. I'd stick with Trader Joe's on this one.
6. Frozen grapes
Let it be known that this is one of the best summer snacks ever. Ever. I grew up on eating frozen grapes and frozen raisins at my grandma's house. She lives in Bakersfield which is notorious for being, like, a bajillion degrees in the summer. Thus, she always had frozen grapes on hand for us kids when it was just too freakin' hot. Besides, at only 62cal per cup, they're totally worth the inevitable brain freeze.
7. Celery and hummus
It's funny how only some people know that celery actually contains negative calories. Yes, I said negative. They veggie is full of so much water and contains so few calories, that eating the stalk actually burns more calories than it has in it. A handful of celery plus a bit of hummus is just over 100cal. One of the best things about it is that hummus comes in so many different varieties that you can customize the snack to fit your mood! I happen to love the roasted red pepper kind. Yummm.
Has anyone else noticed that all the fruits and veggies are at the bottom of this list? This happens to be in the order in which I thought of them. ...and yet I wonder why I'm not skinny, hahaha.
8. Frozen banana pops
Um... bananas, peanut butter, and other deliciousness? Yes please. Simple and so good. Half a banana (with no green on it), put a stick in it, cover it in peanutbutter, roll it in some nuts or dried fruit, place on wax paper, and freeze for 3 hours. This is totally on my list for next week. Not too low in calories, but high in all that other stuff that's good for you.
Hope you guys try a couple of these and like em as much as I do.
Anyone know how to not eat out of boredom? I'm super bad at that :/