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August 20, 2011

Happy Saturday sweetlings!

I hope that you’re all having a beautiful one. Mine was pretty awesome, even though nothing spectacular happened – all I really did was shop and snack. First up, the shopping

Baked lentil chips – Puffins – Almond butter (smooth and crunchy) – Rice cakes

Cottage cheese – Hummus (classic and Mediterranean) – Eggs – Grape kombucha

Cantaloupe – Cherries – Bananas – Strawberries

I also browsed some home furniture/accessory stores, but didn’t end up buying anything because… well… right now I’m mostly shopping for ideas. I want to get a good sense of what’s out there before I commit to anything big, and I’d rather start buying smaller stuff, like coffee makers and coat hangers, when I’m already living  in my new place. I don’t want to stock up on stuff now, only to have more stuff to move when the actual day comes. Although I may regret my decision when I need to open a can of beans only to find that I don’t have a can opener. But I’ll cross that bridge when (if) I come to it.

So let’s move on to the second (and more delicious) part of my day: the snacking

Banana topped with crunchy almond butter and a chocolate muffin.

Rice cake topped with cottage cheese, almond butter, and honey.

 

Chocolate pudding spiked with cocoa powder and topped with almond butter. Teeccino.

Greek yogurt topped with puffed wheat, Kashi Honey Sunshine, trail mix, and cinnamon.

 

Melty vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone.

And while we’re on the topic of snacking, there’s something that I wanted to talk about. I’m sure that we’re all more or less familiar with “smart snacking” – the idea that we should choose snacks that are nutrient dense and won’t spike our blood sugar, so that we’ll stay fuller longer. These snacks are usually high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and low in sugar. The picture of perfection.

I used to really buy into that idea, and would choose snacks based on what I thought was best for my body; snacks that would ensure optimal performance. For this reason, I avoided things like ice cream, cookies, and candy for a really long time – I was afraid that I would eat them only to be hungry again 20 minutes later. But the more that I experiment with my diet, the more I come to realize how faulty those beliefs really are. Here, let’s use what happened yesterday and today as an example…

Yesterday afternoon, I snacked on one of these…

Heaven in a bowl, aka. cottage cheese mixed with protein powder and cocoa, with a banana, granola, almond butter, and chocolate pudding added in.

Delicious, and high in protein and healthy fats – a “smart” snack. And yet it barely held me over for an hour before I was feeling snacky again.

Today, I snacked on one of these…

Heaven in a cone, aka. vanilla ice cream.

Delicious, but high in sugar, with barely any protein or healthy fats to speak of – a “not-so-smart snack”, if you will. And yet it held me over for a good 2.5 hours until it was time for dinner.

Both snacks are probably pretty close calorie-wise, and one is clearly “smarter” than the other, so why is it that the smart one didn’t manage to hold me over as long as the other one did?

Answer: because sometimes you just really need an ice cream cone. Or a cookie. Or some candy. Sometimes, satisfying your mind is the smarter thing to do.

I’ve been craving ice cream for a couple of days now, but opted out of having it yesterday because I figured that, after the hard workout that I had in the morning, my body would need protein and nutrients more than it needed… err… ice cream. But I can’t live with an unsatisfied craving for very long, so today, despite having had a pretty intense workout that morning, my body got ice cream instead of a “smart” snack.

And it was fine… and delicious.

The last bite is always the best.

I refuse to believe that food is simply fuel. The body craves nutrients, sure, but the mind craves pleasure, comfort, and enjoyment – and there’s nothing wrong with getting that from food. There’s physical hunger and mental hunger, and both sets of cravings need to be met in order for us to feel satisfied.

Have you ever eaten something that wasn’t what you really wanted, but more so what you thought you should eat? Were you satisfied after? My guess is probably not, and if you’re anything like me, then you were probably prowling the kitchen a short while later, trying to satisfy that peckish feeling, despite the fact that you just ate a full meal. Believe me, I know

There’s a time and place for smart snacks, and there’s a time and place for not-so-smart snacks – the tricky part is figuring out the right time and place for each. But it’s possible. It just takes some trial and error, and I’m still trial-ing and error-ing, but learning along the way 😀

Have a good night, loves.

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What’s your opinion on the idea of smart snacks? Do you find that they always hold you over as long as they “should”? Or do you find yourself sometimes surprised by the staying power of so-called “empty calorie” foods?

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  1. August 20, 2011 6:34 pm

    Love that photo of you! You’re glowing!

    Snacks and their “staying power,” I think, just depend on how hungry you are on that particular day.

  2. August 20, 2011 6:40 pm

    I agree with Veggie Girl, great photo! I find that if I’m actually craving my ‘smart-snack’ then it will hold me over for a long time, but if I’m just eating it because it’s the right thing, then I’ll find myself craving something more much sooner.

    I love seeing your shopping buys, everything looks so delicious!

    • August 21, 2011 5:57 am

      That happens to me too. As long as I’m eating what I’m craving, I seem to be fine… but as soon as I deny those cravings to eat something else, then I run into problems.

  3. August 20, 2011 6:43 pm

    Nice grocery haul and delicious snackaroos! Isn’t cottage cheese the moat tasty and versatile food? 😀
    I totally know what you mean about healthy vs. craving, sometimes my yogurt messes won’t hold me at all if I have one for lunch, but a pizza? Guaranteed happy belly 🙂 And don’t even get me started on how apples are supposed to keep you full…yeah right, more like increase appetite exponentially!
    If a snack isn’t healthy, but I’m in the mood for it, I eat it. I deprived myself too long in my ED days and I never wanna let that voice take charge again. Cheers to melty ice cream and last bites of cones!

    • August 21, 2011 5:59 am

      Gah! Don’t even get me started on apples. I’ve pretty much given up on eating them because of what they do to my hunger. It’s crazy enough on its own without being amplified by apples.

  4. August 20, 2011 6:43 pm

    You look gorgeous in that picture! I usually tend to go with smarter snacks, and a lot of the time they do hold me over. But, if I am craving something sweeter and not as “smart” then I’ll go with it. If I don’t, then I’m definitely like you and I end up eating more of other things to try and fulfill that craving. Satisfying the craving is important. I’ve definitely learned this over time! To be honest though, most snacks never really fill me up not matter what they are haha.

  5. August 20, 2011 6:47 pm

    Such another awesome post! Seriously, you always just rawk (rock haha) them out! I love this concept. A lot of time when I don’t eat what I truly want, I will end up eating a bunch more because I didn’t eat just what I wanted to in the beginning! Which reminds me.. it’s snack time.

  6. August 20, 2011 6:52 pm

    Yum! those food buys look delish! Great photo 🙂

  7. jodie permalink
    August 20, 2011 7:00 pm

    Ive learned that when you are physically hungry, there is also a mental aspect to fill. If I am deciding between an ice cream cone or a bowl of power oats and choose the oats although I wanted the cone, I will still be hungry. Also, Ive found when I choose what I want, I eat less than if I were eating “smart.”

  8. Diana permalink
    August 20, 2011 7:02 pm

    That’s hilarious – I just bought virtually half of the exact same stuff that you got. And guess who found some Oikos at Safeway? 😀

    Hmm. I think cravings exist for a reason, so we should honour them the majority of the time. Within reason, I’m partial to giving myself treats as a snack, but I tend to differentiate between a snack and a full-on dessert. And yes, going for the “healthy” option isn’t always the smartest thing, no matter what the experts say 🙂

    • August 21, 2011 6:02 am

      !! I went to Safeway to see if they had Oikos, but they didn’t at the one I visited, and I didn’t really feel like driving to all of the different locations in the city to find it. I’ll just sit tight with my Liberte until it shows up.

  9. August 20, 2011 7:02 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your last comments, there – there is a time and a place for each. If I know I have a long day ahead of me, I do try to snack on things that are more nutrient dense…but like you said… if i’m craving something in particular, i might as well just have it, because otherwise i’ll just keep thinking about it!

    and i’m glad i met someone else who’s as obsessed with rice cakes as i am 😉

  10. sarah permalink
    August 20, 2011 7:04 pm

    I love to see the face behind the blog- you are glowing!
    My snacks &meals are generally mahoosive, so I’m normally able to fit in a good mix of smart foods and any slightly less nutritous goodies I might fancy. I TOTALLY agree with your message that food is not just fuel! I hate to feel guilty for eating purely for pleasure- posts & blogs like this really help me overcome these feelings.
    I’m not really an ice-cream fan at all- buy you could make crave anything with your pictures! They’re seductive.
    Glad you enjoyed your Saturday- snacking & shopping sounds ideal to me.
    Xxx

  11. August 20, 2011 7:05 pm

    yes this reminds me of when I went to London I tried gelato icecream yeah the proper stuff!! was awesome and I was a bit nervous about eating it as worried it would have made me hungry quite quickly but was surprised with how full it kept me. I do try and vary my snacks but have found I have stick to the same thing recently, so thanks for the reminder I will look out for some different snacks.

  12. August 20, 2011 7:08 pm

    I loved this post! Now im craving my nighttime snack! I agree with you – if your craving it then go for it – you’ll be more satisfied and it will hold you till your next meal!
    Great picture of yourself – you look so happy!
    Have a great sunday – and your right – the last bit of ice cream is definately the best!

  13. August 20, 2011 7:13 pm

    Oh, yeah you always gotta go with what you want or else.
    Remember when asking yourslef what you wanted was like…”what???”
    Not even a distant thought.
    You knew what you were having (thank you ED menu planner).

    We are ALL emotional eaters. God made it that way. Hello breastfeeding example numero uno.

  14. August 20, 2011 7:18 pm

    Cottage cheese works with everything. Nom nom.

    I’m the same way with snacks. I just had a brownie. Oh my god. A fattening brownie as a snack. So what. I just really wanted chocolate.

  15. August 20, 2011 7:28 pm

    i can totally relate and then totally not relate at the same time.

    i’m at a point where my body is craving food constantly, HOWEVER my nutritionist always tells me to eat snacks and meals higher in protein and fats and they should keep me satisfied longer. yet i feel like even when i do that, i am still hungry a few hours later. but then again, my body may just be craving food every 2 hours regardless of what i put in it right now.

    but i have always been a firm believer in you should indulge every once in awhile because yes i agree your body “needs” those “bad” snacks once in awhile. maybe its mental, maybe its not, but in all honesty submitting to your cravings every once in awhile will not wreck ANY diet. and you will not gain 10 pounds overnight. so eat your ice cream! and not your fat free sugar free 100 calorie cone ice cream. eat some real food!

    • August 21, 2011 6:06 am

      I was hungry all the time in recovery too. It’s a good thing 🙂 It just means that your metabolism is starting to work again, so embrace it, girl!

  16. August 20, 2011 7:28 pm

    You’re so pretty Amanda!

    I totally agree with this. I’ve eaten those VitaTops before (with like a bajillion grams of fiber), an still wanted moremoremore.
    I feel the flip side is harder to deal with though, when I haven’t eaten in hours but still aren’t getting any growly signals

  17. August 20, 2011 7:32 pm

    oh! and i meant to tell you. im a big rice cake fan as well, the last time i went to the store i saw kamut puff cakes lightly sweetened with agave and they are 37842342x better than my rice cakes. you should look for them and give them a try if you can find them. ♥

  18. August 20, 2011 7:37 pm

    Awe you are so gorgeous. It’s like your glowing! Maybe it’s that smart snacking if yours 🙂
    I try to listen to what my body wants at some points. After workouts I try to get protein in but if it’s just an afternoon snack I listen to what I want

  19. August 20, 2011 7:41 pm

    I went shopping today too! Looked for grape kombucha – could not find any 😦 I did buy rice cakes though and I’m super excited to pimp them out 😀

    I think people put waaay too much thought into what they eat. Eat what you want and you will feel satisfied. I can’t blame them though because the media sure has done a good job of messing with our minds.

  20. August 20, 2011 7:48 pm

    You preach it girl! I agree 100% . I used to smart snack but now I just eat what I crave usually 🙂

  21. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 20, 2011 7:56 pm

    Reppin those rice cakes and Synergy 😉

    I really need to start mixing cottage cheese with things and getting creative like you do– I would’ve never even thought of the cottage cheese/protein powder combo!

    When it comes to snacking, I literally ask my body what it wants. I’ve trained it to not crave too many sweets (..usually) so I trust myself and my desires pretty well!

  22. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 20, 2011 7:59 pm

    Love this!! And I love all your snacks! Cottage cheese used as a spread is so delicious! I always eat it like that too!

  23. August 20, 2011 9:00 pm

    I totally agree with you! There are times when I feel like I just have snack.. after snack.. of “good snacks” and I am never satisfied. Tonight – I had a brownie. With caramel and nuts.. …little to no nutritional value. That was almost 2 hours ago. I am not the slightest but hungry!

  24. August 20, 2011 9:02 pm

    I think if your mind’s not satisfied, then chances are your body probably won’t be! If it’s a post-workout snack I’m going for, my body actually craves that “perfect carb-protein ratio” snack it needs about 99% of the time. But if its a midafternoon snack – at which I normally have a luna bar – and I’m craving some ice cream or pretzels and a laughing cow wedge? I totally go for what my tastebuds want!

  25. August 20, 2011 9:02 pm

    Whenever I eat a Kashi granola bar, I get hungry an hour later, yet when I eat potato chips, I feel full. But the thing with the potato chips is that they make me feel bloated, so I usually try to stick with the granola bars. After looking at all the healthy snacks you bought, I’m going to try to stick to the healthy stuff as well!

  26. August 20, 2011 9:06 pm

    I agree with you, always go with your cravings.
    It sucks when you just can’t figure out exactly it is you want, you try a bunch of things and still aren’t satisfied.. have you experienced this?

    • August 21, 2011 6:28 am

      Yes, that used to happen to me all the time when I was gaining weight in recovery, and it still happens now if I let myself get too hungry. It usually means that I just need more food.

  27. August 20, 2011 9:40 pm

    I love this, because I so often don’t eat what I really want in the moment, but end up regretting it and eating later anyway. I think the ‘smartest’ snack is one that satisfies mind and body, but those are SO often really hard to figure out. If only there was a miracle way to know what our body always needs 😛

  28. August 20, 2011 10:01 pm

    Haven’t seen that brand of Almond Butter!!

  29. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 20, 2011 10:13 pm

    I’m so jealous that you can just waltz on down to the store and pick up some puffins.
    Where as I have to order online and painfully wait for them to arrive in my mailbox.
    ITS A HARD KNOCK LIFE I TELLS YA!!
    I can spend HOURS browsing furniture stores. Or even just looking at things like cups and plates. Not that I even need any of them… well in my mind I do.

    Eeep your so gorgeous! I know I tell you everytime you post a photo of yourself, but you really are!!

    Sometimes I really am suprised at how little a smart snack or meal will hold me over.
    Like sometimes I am raiding the cupboard 1 hour later. I spose sometimes it might depend how active I have been that day and whether or not I’ve had a workout.

    • August 21, 2011 6:35 am

      Awwwr thank you love ❤ I used to blame an insatiable appetite on my workouts too, but now I definitely think it comes down to whether or not I've been eating what I'm craving. Like, if I want ice cream, I'll be hungry until I have ice cream, and nothing else will be able to satisfy me. It's a hard knock life for sure 😉

  30. August 20, 2011 10:29 pm

    Somtimes if I don’t give my body that high calorie fatty treat I end up eating wayyy too many healthy foods just trying to fill that void. Where as if i had just given my body what it wanted in the first place I wouldve consumed far less calories. Super weird how my body always knows exactly what it needs!! Cant wait to try the “heaven in a bowl” recipe, looks delish!!

  31. August 20, 2011 11:16 pm

    Another great post! I am guilty of more likely than not choosing ‘smart’ snacks despite what my body craves. It does tend to do the trick but some days, I want to kick myself for not going with what I know would have done the trick! Meals at restaurants, however, are a different story! I remember I went to an expensive Italian restaurant and despite really wanting the pasta, I ordered the fish! I left the restaurant so unsatisfied and annoyed with myself and vowed to always go with what I want rather than what I ‘should’ eat…mental health=physical health, if not more!

  32. Lilly permalink
    August 20, 2011 11:18 pm

    you glow girl, seriously! gorgeous! I eat a ton, like more than a teenage growing boy, A LOT… so I am never worried about picking the “right” snack, I eat so much food that I think it all balances out since I love good wholesome nutritious foods a lot too! For me, I think my body is pretty smart at telling me what it wants whether it be pb pancakes, sugar snaps peas, hummus, or a bowl of whip cream and fresh berries… I just go with it, that’s “smart snacking” for me.Listening to my cravings and eating them 🙂 it has worked for me so far. The only time I ever had to think about what a “good” or “right” snack would be is when I am sick, not feeling good, or off, and think a little bit about making sure I am getting enough protein, hydration, etc. Love reading your thoughts about this, well actually I love every post of yours!

  33. August 20, 2011 11:34 pm

    i love what you said about food as necessary for the mind – in terms of pleasure, enjoyment, and nourishment – as much as it is necessary for the body to function. i think so much of the healthy living blog community is focused on how to “optimize” food in terms of its nutritional content and fueling efficiency when that seriously takes all the fun out of food. yes, food is nutritionally important but i think when reducing food down to merely its nutrients, life is just not so fun. and i think it’s awesome you recognize that!

  34. August 21, 2011 12:04 am

    Your snacks look SO good! I’ve been loving rice cakes lately too 🙂

    “Sometimes, satisfying your mind is the smarter thing to do.”
    You’re so right! – I’ve realized that if I skip out on something I’m craving, I end up eating more of it later on. It’s best to just satisfy that craving. And like you said, it may just surprise me how long it holds me over. We definitely find satisfaction in things we want to eat 🙂

    And lastly, you look gorgeous in your photo!

  35. Hedda permalink
    August 21, 2011 12:32 am

    Amanda,
    do you want to be my personal snack – maker? You make such delicious looking in- between meals… ahhh ^^ And I can’t help but want to hug that Puffin penguin, it is cute!

    I don’t think too much about smart snacking in terms of nutrition content any longer, because in my opinion it can make eating too complicated. It certainly has for me in the past. Hours spend planning and thinking of the “perfect snack” when all I actually wanted was to enjoy some crackers with cheese, chocolate etc . . .
    Besides, as you also experiences from time to time, these smart snacks doesn’t allways satisfy our bodies for a longer period of time. I find that that often happens if I try to snack “smart” despite my body giving me very clear signals of what it wants, for instance an ice cream. We can’t fool our cravings. If we want chocolate we can eat veggies like a hungry rabbit, but we would still want that chocolate after we’re done with munching greens.

    Besides, ice cream can be perfect snacks during the hot, summer days. It is refreshing and has important calcium in it. So, let’s just enjoy our ice creams and get on with our lives 🙂

    Love you! ❤

    • August 21, 2011 6:57 am

      Eee I’ve definitely tried to satisfy many chocolate cravings with endless amounts of veggies, and the only thing that managed to do was make me incredibly bloated yet still unsatisfied. No good. Better to just eat the chocolate, enjoy it, and be done with it!

  36. August 21, 2011 12:57 am

    Yup totally agree, my cravings are really only satisfied if I completely fulfill them and don’t use some substitute- and that keeps me held over 🙂 French fries is a good example- when I’m craving them and I eat a portion, that stuff can tide me over as if I had some sort of an intense protein bar or the like; our bodies do have both physical and mental cravings which are sometimes interconnected and caused by all sorts of other stuff, like our hormones, environments, etc– I’ve learned the hard way it’s best not to disobey those cravings

  37. August 21, 2011 1:21 am

    I think your pretty bang on with this – yes food feeds and fuels our body but it should also feed our soul! Everyone’s ‘soul’ food is different, but I think eating something that satisfies you on both levels is best, then again if you want some ice cream then go for it! I think all of this comes down to really getting to know your own body and learning how to work with it 🙂

  38. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 21, 2011 2:40 am

    I do agree with you completely! When it comes to snacking, I try to eat all whole, clean and healthy, but sometimes a bowl of watermelon just do you no good, meanwhile snacking on some chocolate or ice cream really comforts your tummy and holds you full for a nice couple of hours 🙂 Your snacks look always delicious, whether they are healthy or “ice-cream-like”, the most important thing is that you enjoy them and feel good after eating them 🙂

  39. August 21, 2011 2:59 am

    I 100% agree with this. I am sad that food has become a science because we have lost the knack of being able to listen to our bodies. More often than not we choose to eat what we think we should eat instead of what our bodies and minds truly want. Take today as a snack. I had a hot chocolate and cookies and it held me over much longer than if I’d had a “healthier” alternative of the same calorie density. Why? Like you, my mind was satisfied. Food is for pleasure, sharing, togetherness and sometimes comfort. Food shouldn’t be a math equation or scientific experiment. We eat what we truly want. No science needed 🙂

    xxx

  40. August 21, 2011 3:14 am

    Hey. Im Suzie, new reader.
    This is what I’ve discovered about blogging, finding different blogs with different views on food and yours is refreshing and true. I guess I struggle by ignoring my mental and physical hunger. My game is about retuning into it.

    Reading your blog fills me with utter jealousy of your eating freedom but also hope and inspiration that its possible.

    So thank you!
    S. X

    • August 21, 2011 7:08 am

      Thank you for taking the time to say hi, Suzie! Learning to listen to, and trust, your body definitely isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it IS possible, so don’t lose hope. It just takes some time and effort.

  41. August 21, 2011 3:48 am

    Hey Beautiful<3
    So sorry I missed your last post, my weekend has been crazy busy so i try to catch up on all now! Im so happy Kaiah is back to herself! She is so sweet!

    Love this post! While I absolutely think that we should listen to addvices about how to keep our blood sugar stable etc.. it is much more important to listen to our bodies! It is the only one who knows whats best! And I really do believe that if we TRULY listen, it will tell us to eat what it needs!
    Since I started eating dairy (mostly greek yoghurt and goat cheese) a few days ago, my body has felt SO good! My tummy is much more happy, and my energy levle higher! I suddenly understand that maybe I was striving for the wrong diet for MY body for all these years! I hope Ill find the way that works best for me soon! Ita seems like you have, and that makes me beyond happy!!
    Love you

  42. August 21, 2011 4:06 am

    I totally find that if I eat something I don’t crave but that is “smart” it doesn’t hold me over nearly as well as when I actually listen to my cravings. It’s like you have a mental hunger as well as a physical one, and it’s pretty much impossible to try to satify one without feeding the other.

    Great post – all your snacks look gooooood 🙂

  43. kabochafashionista permalink
    August 21, 2011 5:01 am

    Ahh yet again another beautiful post girly! But a more beautiful picture of you!! You look stunning!! 🙂
    When it comes to snacking I always go with what I crave – sometimes it’s a ‘smart’ snack and sometimes I just want something unhealthy and that’s fine because I spent WAY too many years depriving myself and analysing food, thinking that I have to ‘justify’ eating something whether it be because it has protein in, or lots of vitamins etc. Food shouldn’t have to be justified to eat it. If you crave something then have it…because I find that I’ll only be thinking about it all day and probably end up binging and eating a million muffins at once eventually because I didn’t listen to my body. Bodies are amazing things..they know what they want, so listen to it, I say! 🙂

  44. August 21, 2011 5:01 am

    i really liked what you said about physical and mental hunger–i never thought of that before and it makes total sense! since i have been programmed to think, “healthy snack = apple” and “bad snack = cookies,” i never reach for a cookie. but the apple leaves me unfulfilled–i probably will eat more calories than the cookie originally was, because i need to eat more after the apple…what’s the darn point! thanks for the insight!

  45. August 21, 2011 5:55 am

    First, you are gorgeous Amanda, wanted to mention that first 🙂
    And per usual, loved this post! (btw I almost just wrote “snack” instead of “post” as that is what I was clearly thinking about after reading this 🙂 )
    For far too long I have though of food as good and bad…therefore I could never ever enjoy the “bad.” I still have this sort of thought process but it is slowly ebbing away. Readings things like this helps me along this journey. Thank you lady.

  46. August 21, 2011 6:17 am

    I always try to balance what I crave with a mix of something healthy. When I crave cookies I eat an oatmeal cookie instead of chocolate chip and when I want pizza I go with a whole grain crust with veggies. But if you want a ice cream cone for a snack I say you need to listen to your body cause if you don’t your other “healthy, best choice for body” snack isn’t going to cut it. Basically, I agree with everything you just wrote! Give the body what it wants!

  47. August 21, 2011 7:36 am

    I used to refuse to eat a snack unless it packed at least “x” amount of protein… as if protein is the mecca of health and wellness. In retrospect, I realize how much food that eliminated. Cookies, ice cream, cake, muffins.. aka.. all of the things I LOVE! It’s just another one of those silly food rules that really don’t make any sense. EDs are so irrational and I love how you’re constantly reminding us all of that! YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PERSON EVERRRRRRR 🙂

  48. August 21, 2011 7:36 am

    I think smart snaking should come at a 50:50 approach.. you need to keep what your body needs in mind, but the other half of the time you have to satisfy your mind. Honestly, if I had a snickers bar every time I craved one (… every day).. my body wouldn’t be healthy. I love your thoughts on listening to your mind– it’s really not worth fighting.

  49. August 21, 2011 9:16 am

    I usually just snack on whatever I’m craving and if it doesn’t hold me it’s all the more reason to have something more 🙂

    I love that ice cream cone picture with the ice cream dripping down your fingers!!

  50. August 21, 2011 9:26 am

    Yum! Awesome snack selections! But I agree, if I don’t eat what I’m truly craving and go for the healthy stuff ALL the time, I end up craving it more and eating more after. P.S. You are gorgeous! I love it when bloggers post random pictures of themselves..so much more fun! 🙂

  51. August 21, 2011 9:37 am

    I have the hardest time picking snacks. No problems with my other meals, but these snacks are killing me. It’s because I usually crave fruit when it comes to snack time, but the thing is fruit doesn’t keep me full for along time. An apple would go for an hour at most. It’s frustrating because I’m listening to my cravings, but I get hungry so fast. Maybe I’ll try mixing the fruit with something else so it holds my hunger over for a longer time. I did find one snack which keeps me full and satisfied. Soy yogurt with trail mix! Oh by the way I love the photo of you! You look absolutely glowing :] Your hoodie is so cute too!

    • August 21, 2011 9:53 am

      Definitely try pairing fruit with something else if that’s what you’re craving. An apple is great with nut butter, or thrown into yogurt with some cereal or trail mix. I love apples but I definitely can’t have them alone as a snack – they only make my hunger worse!

  52. August 21, 2011 9:42 am

    I agree with you on smart snacking!!! Every now and then I would much rather had an ice cream than a luna bar or almonds or any of my other usual snacks. 🙂 Yes, the last bite is totally the best!!! I love how ice cream is when it gets totally melty. Sometimes if I need a little something chocolately with my snack, I’ll add some chocolate chips to whatever I was planning on, like for example a banana with PB or AB and chocolate chips stuck on top!! or nuts and dried fruit made into a trail mix with chocolate chips!! those things are a miracle food.

  53. August 21, 2011 11:08 am

    The last time I had an ice cream cone was back in Maine after a day at the beach and it.was.magical. Just a simple McD’s ice cream cone but ohhh my gosh was it good!

  54. August 21, 2011 11:48 am

    Yayy for the puffins! I seriously love those things. I’ve just ordered some as I’m out and miss them so. I’m a big believer in smart snackes based on whole foods that have some staying power to maintain my sugar levels. 🙂

  55. August 21, 2011 11:54 am

    “Sometimes, satisfying your mind is the smarter thing to do.” <– I couldn't agree with you more, Amanda! I've been in the same predicament before…do I listen to what my mind is telling me I "should" eat or should I go with that nagging craving in the back of my mind for a cube of Baker's chocolate dipped in peanut butter (latest sweet tooth craving combo). More often than not, if I go with the "smart" choice, I'll find myself in the kitchen again withi an hour looking for something…

    Good plan to shop for ideas now and save the big stuff for later! It's so much easier to move a piece of furniture once! I still can't believe I've been in my place for over 5 months now…and I'm STILL shopping for "ideas"! Haha! I just have a hard time committing…I'm always afraid I'm going to shell out the money for "this bookcase" and then months later see "that bookcase" and kick myself for not waiting! Oh, such is the life of indecisiveness!

  56. August 21, 2011 11:55 am

    Oh, and why WHY must you torture me with pictures of grape kombucha?!?! I still haven’t seen it in stores yet! :-/

  57. August 21, 2011 2:40 pm

    I would love to write a nice long comment about how much I agree with everything you said. Only that would be redundant ;). So, basically, ditto.

  58. August 21, 2011 4:09 pm

    The banana snack looks amazing! I am trying real hard to limit my snacking to “smart foods.” I’ve found I’m never really hungry, just craving something junky when I want to cave. Skipping over the “bad” snacks at the grocery has been tough but ultimately, I feel better and I’m spending less. Win-win!

  59. August 21, 2011 5:23 pm

    I seriously have MISSED you this past couple days!

    Ok, you look beautiful! Love the hoodie! PINK vic secret!!!

    A good snack is a combo of a healthy fat and protein! That is what I think anyways ; )

    Loving the grocery goods! Ok are the days til you move in the teen numbers yet?!!!!!!

    xoxo ❤

  60. August 21, 2011 5:31 pm

    We seriously buy like the same exact things at the store. HOLLA 😉

  61. August 21, 2011 5:34 pm

    Staying power is pretty much a must for me with snacks because I’m usually at work and need something that will actually hold me over till my lunch break. I leave the sweet snacks for times when I’m not particularly starving and/or just need something desserty.

    STILL need to try grape kombuch and I CANNOT believe I forgot to buy rice cakes at the grocery yesterday. Fail!

  62. August 21, 2011 6:31 pm

    I LOVE what you said about eating food for both fuel and for pleasure/enjoyment. While I often do tend to think of food purely as fuel, I’ve gotten a lot better at snacking for pleasure too. Like this weekend on my camping trip I ate my body weight in s’mores and while they may not be the most healthy snack, they definitely made me happy! 😀

  63. August 21, 2011 6:41 pm

    Smart snacks should be the snacks you crave, not the snacks somebody says you have to eat. If I crave something, my brain thinks I am hungry until I get it regardless of the amounts of other foods I eat meanwhile. So a tiny piece of whatever I crave at that time can be much more satisfying than a boatload of the healthiest snack in the world. Food is for the brain, too 🙂 .

  64. August 21, 2011 11:02 pm

    Love your food loot and love your blog– recently found it 🙂
    I snack like crazy all the time:just depends on my hunger and activity levels!

  65. September 1, 2011 5:02 pm

    Ama”zing”nda!!!!! Girl, I know that I can come to you and be uplifted by the most wonderful posts! Girl, I love your BLOG! 😀

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