Friday, May 25, 2012

snacking revamp, part one


Hi, I'm Larissa, and I'm a non-recovering late night snacker. I can't seem to help myself. Apparently my jaw must be moving up and down in order for me to enjoy a movie or TV show. So I've been looking for healthier alternatives to my typical high-calorie favorites (popcorn, pistachios, pretzels, chocolate).

One of my new obsessions likes: sliced Granny Smith apples dipped in good soy sauce. Please do not scoff at this until you try it. Oh, so awesome. Crunchy, slightly sweet, sour and salty. So good. And it takes a while to chew through a firm apple slice by slice, so it feels satisfying. Also, zero guilt about slicing up a second one if you like. Think of all the healthy fiber.

Note: Unsatisfying taste results may be had if you use a milder, sweeter apple for this instead of a nice, sour/sweet Granny Smith. Trust me. Blehhh. Not the same at all. For those of you concerned about sodium intake, I find the low sodium soy sauce also rocks it.

12 comments:

  1. Try popcorn cooked on the stove - a tiny bit of olive oil, a little salt and a little sugar - it's delicious, and low calorie! Not quite as nutritious as your apples though, I'll have to try that!

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  2. WIll have to try them, I like late night food too. Though I think the apple with a big chunk of cheese- my downfall. *sigh*

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  3. If you like that you should dry Granny Smith apples sprinkled with Tony Chachere's (cajun seasoning). It is so good salty, hot, sour, crunchy, and sweet.

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  4. Hmmm... an interesting snacking possibility. I love the tart/salty flavor combos, too. My favorite childhood snack was salty home-popped popcorn with a crisp Granny Smith apple.... Thanks for the suggestion!
    PS I swear if I could give up my late-night snacking I'd be ten (or more) pounds lighter!

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  5. Our favorite snack is sliced apples with peanut butter. Since we discovered that combination the girls have eaten way more apples!

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  6. Love this idea! I grew up sprinkling table salt on my green apples, thanks to my dad. I bet the soy sauce will have a similar, if not more interesting, effect. Can't wait to test the theory!

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  7. Becky, I grew up with popcorn cooked on the stove. I adore popcorn, but I eat way too much in one sitting. I've got to stick with something that at least provides fiber and vitamins instead of empty calories. I still treat myself to the occasional bowl of popcorn because I am a weak, weak woman. I love it so much. But there was a stretch where I was eating mounds of it every night. Not good for my muffin top.

    Ooh, Jessica, I think I have some Tony Chachere in the cabinet...

    Woodsong Workshop, exactly. My downfall is nighttime snacking. If I could totally abstain from it, the weight would probably come off. My theory is if I can substitute in fruits and veggies, I'll see a difference. (Crossing fingers)

    Susan, yes, that's an awesome combo but I have to stay away from evil peanut butter at night.

    Sarah, you'd love it.

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  8. another yummy way to eat granny smith apples (but higher in calories): is to top them with a tiny slice of fresh parmesan wrapped in a sliver of prosciutto.

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  9. ringo's girl, mmmmmmm. Please stop enabling me.

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  10. I can't wait to try this. Like Sarah, my Dad also taught me to eat apples sprinkled with a little salt. We always ate them alongside a big bowl of stove-popped popcorn while watching a western on TV. Funny the little details you remember from childhood!

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  11. I admit - I thought this combo sounded *really* odd when I read it - but I've had an apple with soy sauce snack the last 2 days in a row and it's quite tasty! You're right about the salty/sweet/crunchy yumminess. Thanks for introducing me to a tasty new treat!

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  12. Sara, Great! You are so welcome. My Hawaiian friend, Mitch, says he grew up dipping any tart fruit in soy sauce. Feel free to experiment!

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