Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snack Time!

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight is to listen to your body.  If you are not hungry, do not eat.  If you are hungry, eat!  Seems easy enough, right?

This equation can get complicated if you let yourself get exceptionally famished, to the point where you literally could eat a horse (but you never would, of course).  Then you will possibly attack your refrigerator, and in your hunger stupor, make poor choices and eat way too much.  I've done it.

What is the solution? Snacks! Squeezing healthy snacks in throughout the day will prevent you from overeating at mealtime and keep you satisfied all day long.  Now comes the tricky part...choosing healthy snacks.

The best way to prevent an unhealthy snack time is to not buy unhealthy items at the store.  When I have an intense salt craving and would love some potato chips, I choose whole wheat pretzels to nibble instead.  Why?  Because I don't have potato chips in the house!  It's as easy as that.  Now, I will be the first to admit that it is important not to deny yourself 100% of the time.  So yes, I do occasionally buy a bag of Sun Chips...and oh are they good.

Here is a healthy snack option Mr. PT and I often turn to.  It is so simple, so healthy, and so fulfilling.  All it requires is 2 ingredients that I ALWAYS make sure to have in stock: apples and peanut butter.  Mr. PT and I have fancied up this simple pair by making our own peanut butter from organic peanuts.  It sounds complicated, but it's quite simple and SO worth the extra time.  So, use store bought peanut butter if you want, but here is our concoction if you want to try it:

Take 1 16oz jar of organic peanuts and put it in a 7 cup (or larger) food processor.*
Blend until very creamy.

*sometimes you have to add a little canola oil to make it smooth...depends on the peanuts!

Cut up your favorite type of apple into thin slices...this allows for more dipping action!
 Ta da!  A healthy snack that's good at any hour.

*Mr. PT and I broke two 4 cup food processors before upgrading to the 7 cup (sorry Hannah).  For intense chopping and pureeing, you need a bigger motor.

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