• Wed, Jan 18 2012

Do You Have A Healthy Afternoon Snack That You Enjoy (Or Feign Enjoying Effectively)?

As some sort of healthy living thing I’ve given up eating a bag of M&Ms every afternoon. Now I would like to find a snack that is not M&Ms and yet, tastes absolutely identical. Not rice cakes, I guess.

Some things I have considered:

verily baked goods

Pretty much anything from Verily Baked Goods. Maybe since I mentioned them, they will send me a pie now. A pie made out of chocolate and peanut butter and all of some nice chef’s hopes and dreams for a joyous future. Or this cookie thing. But you know, the more I thought about that, the it felt like it was going the wrong way on the whole health aspect. Like… the opposite way. The way that Paula Deen would go.

Meanwhile, deputy editor Ashley Cardiff ate some blueberries. She offered me some. I took them and pretended to be appreciative, but I was lying.

This is what they look like. Note how they do not look full of pink icing:

blueberries

So! Something that is as healthy as blueberries but tastes as good as cake. There. Or something that comes as reasonably close to that goal as possible. What do you eat?

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  • Cee

    I make a pseudoish parfait of sliced bananas and any type of berry, top it off with fat free cool whip and a handful of walnuts. It’s not the same as an ice cream sundae, but it will do!

  • Fabel

    I’ll generally just eat all the chocolate in lieu of a healthy afternoon snack… it’s been working.

  • Rachel

    I eat a vanilla yogurt cup and about 20 almonds for breakfast almost every morning (1/2 the time at my desk because I’m too rushed in the morning). It keeps me full ALL morning until my 12:30ish lunch. I would consider this an excellent afternoon snack as well, because it would keep you full until dinner for sure.

  • bones

    You could eat carob if you hate yourself…

  • Denise

    Why set yourself up to fail with your healthy eating, I say if you want cake have cake. But that’s the only treat you have all day, stick to your healthy meals. Don’t deprive yourself or you will resent your decision to eat healthier.

  • Jamie Peck

    I like sliced apples and peanut butter. Healthy, tasty, high energy.

  • Brooke

    Kashi go lean peanut butter chocolate chewy bars are pretty good. They have 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams protein, so they satisfy hunger.

    • Cee

      Yes they do! They are actually my breakfast! I have the dark chocolate mocha ones. Sooo good!

    • Brooke

      I didn’t even know they made mocha flavored, I always just grab the peanut butter… I’ll have to try those, thanks!

  • Natalie

    Greek yogurt is my best friend! My favorites are Greek God’s yogurt Honey flavor or Pomegranate flavor. The honey one goes excellent with granola or almond slices. It’s sweet, tarty and has a ton of protein.

  • Arnie

    I have always maintained that cake is healthy.
    Eggs, flour, milk. All good for you, and basic, staple ingredients we all need to have on a regular basis.

    Carrot cake is especially delicious, and even has vegetables! Cream cheese icing is totally a good source of calcium, too.

    Besides, mental health is far more important, right?

  • KeLynn

    #1 Hostess makes 100 calorie packs of their chocolate cupcakes. They help me get over most mid-afternoon candy cravings.

    #2 Have you tried pretzel M&Ms? Crunchy, salty, chocolatey. 150 calories a bag, which is better than regular M&Ms which I believe are 240 a bag?

  • Lauren

    I’m struggling with this too. I have a sweet tooth so finding something to eat when you are having a sweet craving is hard to do.

    Right now, I’ve found that Kashi crackers with Better’n Peanut Butter is the best afternoon snack to keep me full. Better’n Peanut Butter has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter and I think it tastes pretty much the same, besides the texture being different. I keep a jar in my desk and just dip the crackers in since it’s more the consistency of dip than peanut butter.

    Then if I’m really craving sweet, I eat meringue cookies. It’s just egg whites and sugar so they are fat free!