snacks

Give yourself a break…a Kit Kat break

I am often times asked what I eat when I have a sugar craving or a craving for something comforting. As much as I would like to say that I don’t get these cravings often, it would be a lie. I try to eat VERY healthy but I’m only human, as are you, and deserve a break every once in a while.

I know we talk a lot about how to be in tip top shape by changing the way you eat. And I don’t want to feel like a hypocrite but I do cheat every once in a while and believe that everyone should. Just make sure it truly is every once in a LONG while 🙂

Although I try to pack myself some healthy snacks for work (such as fruit, dark chocolate, or almost anything from Chocolate Covered Katie), the occasional Oreo, pumpkin bread, or doughnut may creep its way toward my desk. And you know what? That’s okay. If I don’t have that small indulgence when the urge hits (and stays), I tend to have a big indulgence sometime later. So I cut myself a break and I have half the doughnut or just 1 Oreo. The key is moderation not denial. Don’t go crazy and don’t let it happen often. It sort of takes the fun out of it and that’s typically when guilt sets in.

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Ah, guilt. My thoughts on guilt is that is sucks and it’s completely useless. What’s done is done is done. Ponder on it, learn from it, forget it. That’s it. Don’t stew in your guilty feelings because that will only promote more guilt, depressing thoughts, and negative perceptions. Good for nothing! So you had 2 pieces of cake, no biggie. Have a large glass of juice with dinner or vow to drink extra water the next day. Acknowledge how you feel and remember those feelings next time. We are repetitive creatures. Practice makes perfect.

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So tell me, what is your favorite tiny treat to indulge in every now and then?

XOXO,
D.

Dangerous food additives

I came across this really interesting article about the top 10 food additives to avoid. This article was mind blowing. I mean I knew that processed foods were horrible for one’s health but some these side effects are down right deadly. What are your kids eating? Are you unknowingly feeding your families poison? Educate yourselves! This information is crucial for living healthy, non-diseased, clean lifestyles.

Here is the list. For more information on where these additives are commonly found and why they are bad for us please visit: Hungry For Change

1. Artificial sweeteners
2. High fructose corn syrup
3. Monosodium glutamate
4. Trans fats
5. Common food dyes
6. Sodium sulfite
7. Sodium nitrate/nitrite
8. BHA and BHT
9. Sulfur dioxide
10. Potassium bromate

For more information on where these additives are commonly found and why they are bad for us please visit:Hungry For Change

XOXO,
D.

Healthy Baked Falafel

Here is a recipe for healthy falafel. You can fry but I prefer to bake. I am continuing to improve this recipe so check back for an update.

What ya need:
1 can Garbanzo (chick) beans. Or approx 2 cups fresh
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch parsley (approx 1/4 – 1/2 cup)
1 tbls cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbls olive oil
1 tbls water
1 tsp kelp seasoning (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup flour and more for rolling (I used whole wheat but you can use any you like)

This is the kelp seasoning I use. I actually put it on almost everything including pastas, rice, veggies, and salads.

Kelp is a form of algae that is very good for you. Kale has high levels of vitamins,  A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as a number of minerals, trace elements, and amino acids. It helps improve the immune system, maintain a healthy metabolism, digestive system, may reduce blood pressure, and aids in healthy skin. You can buy kelp powder, tablets, and flakes.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375.

Add all of the ingredients above to a food processor. Process for about a minute until it is well combined and has formed a paste.

Coat cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

Form into balls and roll onto excess flour to coat. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes on each side.

Enjoy on a salad, in a pita with hummus, or alone!

XOXO,
D.