Guilt free snacks is not about ignoring your favorite snacks. Enjoying it with less oil and making few changes to the recipe. Baking is my key for guilt free snacks.
Until recently, definition of snacks for me is deep fried food, sweets, biscuits, chips and Fruits. Did you see Fruits at the last, yes! To be honest I was like that. I used to think snacks are for enjoyment alone, and should be unhealthy by virtue. But recently I realized that instead of having heavy three course meals, spreading out eating, with decent sized meals and healthy mid – morning & mid- evening snacks is a better option.
I tuned my mind for healthy snacking, but all of a sudden I couldn’t give up my favorites which I enjoyed for ages. I was thinking about my favorite snacks – Deep fried snacks and sweets were the first two things which came to my mind.
My next big enemy is sugar, people who know me well know how much I am addicted towards sweets. Tried sweets like Oats & Dates Burfi, Nuts and Dates Balls with dates instead of sugar. Sugarless Tomato Jam and Honey Glazed Almonds with honey, Eggless dry fruits and Nuts cake with dates and honey. Brown sugar sweets like Kasi Halwa, custard powder Halwa, paal kesari. Fruits based recipes like Banana Halwa, Banana Ice Cream, Banana Sweet Kozhukattai, Oats Banana Milkshake, Banana pudding, Cacoa Banana smoothie, banana cookie, whole wheat oats banana bread, Apple pudding, Apple crisp, Apple pancake with less or withour sugar
Guilt Free Snacking with Bingo!
Switching over to healthy eating can be quite a challenge and is often easier said than done. The number one mistake that people commit is making drastic changes rather than easing into the transition. As LifeHack contributor Krista Stryker explains, you shouldn’t deny yourself of your favorite foods. “Because while it may seem counterintuitive, when you cut all of your favorite foods out of your diet completely, not only will it cause you to feel deprived and bitter about eating healthy, more often than not it also leads to a binge eating session of those very same foods.”
Another reason why a nutritional diet seems like an unattainable goal is because of snacking. Healthy eating habits actually consists of snacking as it prevents you from overeating in your regular meals. Plus you can pack in those extra nutrients and vitamins that you might have missed in your meal before.
To get you started with healthy snacking, try playing bingo.
Although the game is still shedding its age-old reputation as a pastime for grandmothers, the renewed interest in bingo over the last few years is proving that it could be more useful to us than we originally thought. Lately, people have been using the game to make healthier lifestyle changes, from the various dietary meal plans to educational tools like Eatwell Bingo, courtesy of Northern Ireland’s Food Standards Agency. And with obesity still a recurring problem in many nations, Gala Bingo went on to promote easy ways to keep that extra weight off with Tone Up, that offers simple exercises that can be done while sitting down.
Using the same ideas as above, you can also apply bingo as a guilt-free snack generator. There are a couple Healthy Snacks Bingo cards available on the net, so you can either use those or customize your own via Print Bingo. Along with your card, print different combinations of call numbers that you can keep in a jar, and then pick out of every time you crave a snack in between meals. For every combination you get, you can reward yourself with a cheat snack, but just remember not to go too crazy on the junk food.
If you have any friends that also need better snacking habits, have them play bingo with you. The more, the merrier.
Part of this post is s a guest post from Mary James.