Thursday, April 21, 2016
Having A Daily Treat
Back eating more healthy foods I DO feel better and sleep better and I've lost 5 pounds in the last six weeks, without counting calories (except those I include for readers). I do use "My Fitness Pal" to track carbs and fat and sodium though as well as get a general idea of average calories in a week. I noticed also, since I started working out again, my weight loss about doubled over just healthier food choices, doing an hour workout of cardio and light weights twice a week with three power walks (except for the last couple of weeks when I sprained my knee on a slippery surface).
But I found I had better luck with my eating when I allowed one little treat a day.
I'm not talking a big bowl of ice cream or a giant cheeseburger and fries. Just a small portion of food I really liked, and could nibble on for between 90 and 175 calories.
Depending on whether I wanted sweet, salty or savory, here are some of my favories.
10 baked tortilla chips with 1/3 cup salsa.
fig newton and small glass unsweetened almond milk
raw veggies with 1/4 cup hummus, a pickle spear and a few olives
frozen grapes (a couple dozen)
1/3 cup full fat ice cream (I find 1/3 cup of the good stuff is way more satisfying than 1 cup of sugar free fat free)
half a frozen banana dipped in two tablespoons of melted dark chocolate
Low fat yogurt with a teaspoon of granola
low fat cottage cheese (1/2 cup) with 1/4 cup berries
3 dates stuffed with skim ricotta cheese and sprinkled with cinnamon
1 cup berries with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream
2 teaspoons raisins mixed with 3 tablespoons of salted almonds
pumpkin pie yogurt - mix 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup (the real stuff) with a pinch of nutmeg
English "biscuit" or a couple of vanilla wafers with tea and honey
What are YOUR favorite low cal treats?