Over the last 10 months, my attitude to food has changed so much. I used to eat mindlessly and constantly - even though I was never really hungry I was always hungry for junk food. Shamefully I can admit to eating the large sharing size bars of chocolate, with a bag of jelly sweets and a huge bag of chips and that was just as my snack food, and it occurred far far too frequently…..
Snacking has always been my downfall – mooching my mam calls it – it’s not hunger it’s just a desire to eat so it’s something I had to work hard to get a handle on and part of the reason I struggled for the last few weeks before achieving my weight loss goal.
I’ll always be a snacker, it’s a part of my relationship with food – I will always always love chocolate and I still eat chocolate every single day (although in much smaller quantities now!). So it was really important for me to learn how to snack in a healthy way but even more importantly in a satisfying way.
So over the next few weeks I plan to collect up all my favourite snacks and recipes both savoury and sweet and share them here, and I’ll save you the work and calculate the WeightWatchers points for you too.
First up is a simple twist on cheese and crackers using Ryvita, avocado and cream cheese. I use imitation cream cheese (partly because I try to make as many vegan choices as I can – but mostly because it’s lower in points and I can’t taste any difference!) I use the garlic and herb version and its delicious.
I’ve already eaten this twice this week, one slice is perfect for a snack and comes in at 3 pts but you can have 2 for 5 pts (and I like that sort of deal!) and 2 slices is great for lunch with soup or a salad.
Ingredients and WW points:
Ryvita cracker (2pts)
¼ of an avocado (2pts)
1 tbsp of Tofutti imitation cream cheese (1 pt)
So slowly, slowly I’ve learnt to enjoy healthy tasty food again – and I’m still learning and experimenting with my snack food, and my food in general to be honest. Next up is a recipe for homemade artichoke and spinach dip.