The Happy Snacker

I’m in a snacky frame of mind today. It’s bitterly cold (for Memphis) these days, and all this indoor time has me making a few too many trips through the kitchen to the laundry room. Honestly. I’ve never been this caught up on my laundry.

I thought I had made up the perfect indulgent snack: Dark chocolate sugar-free jello pudding with almonds. It’s like a Hershey’s with Almonds bar, melted, creamy, and cool. Not healthy, but not cruel.

And then I topped it with the indulgent AND healthy snack: lowfat strawberry yogurt, with chocolate protein powder. It’s like a chocolate covered strawberry and it’s loaded with protein.

Now, my friend Morgan has come up with a snack that might just top both of those: sugar-free chocolate pudding with almonds PLUS a smattering of fresh coconut on top. I’m thinking Almond Joy. I wouldn’t want to do this one too often, since coconut is high in saturated fat, but it would be yummy as a once-in-a-while kind of snack. It would be healthier with plain yogurt, chocolate protein powder, almonds, and coconut. Hmmm….

One of the greatest joys of changing to a healthier way of living has been finding these little pearls–not completely healthy, but not program-busters either. Not like that bag of real chocolate I have in the cupboard that I’m afraid to open while I’m battling the hibernation tendencies that bitterly cold weather bring out in me.

Oh, and speaking of bitterly cold weather, here’s an image you won’t see me posting here: Me, double-layered at home in CuddlDuds and size 3x flannel pajamas. (A medium would fit properly.) So far, I am wearing only two pairs of socks, but I’m thinking of adding another pair.

And I wonder why men just don’t seem interested. :)

Tomorrow morning will be brutal, with subzero windchill anticipated. I’d better go prepare some more snacks! I’m actually looking forward to temps in the mid-40s on Saturday, when I’ll get outside and finish off the leaf-raking for the season. Heatwave!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

9:25 p.m. Edited to add the question “What are your not-completely-healthy-but- not-likely-to lead-to- a-complete-derailment snacks?” For some reason it wasn’t in the original post. (I’m sure it was nothing *I* did.)