How to Eat All Day, Guilt Free

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As you've probably already noticed, I love to eat (see photo to the right). But since passing that 25 mark, and having to actually watch what I eat, I've been coming up with alternatives, along with a nutritionist, to what I used to eat, without doubling in size.

A couple months back, I wrote about guilt-free main dishes, and so now I thought I'd share a few ideas for delicious snacks I've been having recently. With these, you can eat all day (well, almost - don't take this too literally), without having to worry about doing an extra hour at the gym on Monday (because who goes to the gym on the weekend? You do? Really?).

Yogurt, Fruit, Oats

What is it? 

- 1 cup skim natural yogury 
- 3-4 strawberries 
- 1 Tablespoon granola or oatmeal 

Why it's guilt free

At 117 calories, and with 8.9 g protein, this snack is super filling and gives you lots of energy in the "good for you" carbs in the strawberries and oatmeal. 

When to Have it

Have this as an afternoon snack, a few hours after lunch. It'll keep your hunger in check until dinner time, and is also great to have an hour or so before working out. 

Apple + Cheese 

What is it? 

- 1 medium sized apple, any kind
- 3 small slices of white cheese (queijo minas frescal in my case, halloumi or similar works too)
- 1 teaspoon honey 

Why it's guilt free

This snack comes in at about 150 calories (120 if you forego the honey!), and lots of healthy carbs from the apple and honey, and protein from the cheese. And it literally has like, 3 grams of fat. Pair this with water! 

When to Have it

Midmorning snack. If you don't have crazy amounts of protein at breakfast, like me, this is a great snack to keep you awake, and it something you can nibble on at your desk! I have this almost every day, these days, haha. 

Kani + Cucumber Sandwich 

What is it? 

- 2 slices light multi-grain bread
- 2 small slices of white cheese (queijo minas frescal in my case, halloumi or similar works too)
- 1 piece of kani kama
- 1 smal piece of cucumber, sliced

Why it's guilt free

This filling sandwich is only 170 calories, and has a whopping 14 grams of protein! The carbs are all healthy carbs, and won't weigh you down or make you feel stuffed, but satisfied. 

When to Have it

Late night snack or post workout. The protein in the kani and cheese, carbs in the bread, and water in the cucumbers will help replenish you after your workout. And it's great late night if you want something to eat that won't weigh you down once you're in bed!


"Australian" Bread, Tomatoes and Cottage Cheese

 What is it? 

- 2 slices pão australiano, or 2 small loaves (don't know what the english word is for this bread - but it's like the stuff they serve at Outback). 
- 1 tablespoon cottage cheese spread
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil

Why it's guilt free

This snack is, delicious, and packed with protein at 13 grams of it! This type of bread has more protein than most, and cottage cheese is one of the best things to have in your diet. I think. Maybe. It's yummy too. The snack is 292 calories, but only 185 without the olive oil, and just as delicious! Plus, it's super filling. Have with a cup of green tea. 

When to Have it

Mid-afternoon or post workout snack, since it's got so much protein and is filling. You may not even want dinner. Then you can just have a kani sandwich late night :-)  




Guacamole + Chips

What is it? 

- 1 portion tortilla corn chips (about 10) 
- 1/4 cup (about 3 tablespoons) guacamole dip 

Why it's guilt free

Guac and chips is only about 160 calories, and is chock full of dietary fibers and vitamin C! Don't look at the fat count so much - since there's so much fiber, you'll be fine ;-) 

When to Have it

At the bar with friends :)




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