I don’t love to cook–I have high hopes for developing my repertoire of recipes, but this post isn’t about cooking, it’s about snacks. I love snacks. Since moving to Chicago, I’ve discovered a number of delicious, healthy-ish snacks. Here are three of my favorites and one honorable mention:
Emmy’s Coconut Vanilla Macaroons. These aren’t macaroons as I know them–the French kind or the American kind (at least, I think of that version as distinctly American), but they are delicious. 100 calories per macaroon ans 6 grams of sugar. I’ve really been trying to watch my sugar intake these last few months. I can never just cut it out, I’m only human, but I do try to limit my sugar to no more than 20 grams a day. I limit myself to no more than two macaroons in one sitting (yeah, usually…). You can order them online or it appears Emmy’s are sold at most Starbucks and a select number of Whole Foods.
I Heart Keenwah Dark Chocolate Puffs. I’m in the minority, but I really don’t like dark chocolate. It’s too bitter. There, I said it. I Heart Keenwah Dark Puffs (with Pink Himalayan salt) are so good though–after Lake Shore Lady recommended them, I decided to give them a try. While I don’t like dark chocolate, I do love quinoa, so I was intrigued at the idea of putting them together. The quinoa is puffed up to be quite large and dipped in chocolate. 140 calories and 6 grams of sugar per serving (serving size is 1 oz).
Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. I’m really late to the party on this one, I know. Sitting here, studying the nutrition label and it’s not exactly unhealthy, but I can’t, in good conscience, say it’s healthy either. Even so, have I been eating it by the spoonful every six hours or so since purchasing it? Yes, definitely. Having a Trader Joe’s in walking distance of my new apartment will be dangerous.
Tera’s Sustained Energy Blend. This may come as a shock to those of you who know me, but I love Muscle Milk. Feeling a little sluggish before a yoga class? Drink half a Muscle Milk. Feeling depleted after a particularly tough, say, yoga class? Drink half a Muscle Milk. Tera’s Sustained Energy Blend is not Muscle Milk. I’m including it here mostly because I feel good after i drink it and I know it’s really good for me. It is by no means a tasty treat. I’m sorry if you feel misled. I felt misled too, but that’s my mistake. I mean, I bought this concoction at the health club I just joined, what was I really expecting? I don’t know, I thought it would taste more like Jamba Juice.
Goodbye for meow.