healthy eating – snacks

Part 4 of my healthy eating resolution (read up on part 1 – research and part 2- breakfast and part 3 – lunch)

As a reminder, this was my resolution for changing the way I eat in 2014:

  • drastically reduce sugar intake and sweets
  • eat less empty carbohydrates (white flour products like bread rolls, pasta, etc.), switch to whole grain products where possible and find alternatives to wheat
  • eat a more plant based diet, fruit and vegetables first, everything else second
  • continue to buy local fresh produce
  • grow my own salads and vegetables again on my balcony with a better plan on what I want to grow and actually need
  • build up a collection of tried and trusted healthy recipes that we can return to again and again
  • use less dairy products

SNACKS

What did I change?
I don’t know about you but I can’t survive an afternoon without a snack, preferably a sweet one. Before starting to eat better that used to be chocolate, cookies, cake or sweet pastries. Needless to say, non of these fit the bill anymore.

The natural thing would be to make do with fruit and I do make sure to eat a banana or some pineapple as well. Since I usually don’t eat much in the evening after work, it’s important for me to have a decent and filling snack.
However, fruit doesn’t really satisfy my craving for sweets so I decided to try and turn a sweet snack into a healthy one by finding recipes for sweet snacks with healthy ingredients.

I’ve also made a resolution to allow myself one piece of chocolate or sweet a day without feeling guilty. I firmly believe in not being too hard on yourself. With that one piece I give myself a bit of leeway and I don’t think I could abstain from sugar completely, especially because there is always chocolate lying around in the office so I am constantly faced with the temptation.

oat cakes. little home by hand blog

How did it work?
Okayish. I think this part of the day is hardest for me. I’m usually getting tired by then and I feel like my ‘defenses’ are down and I’m vulnerable to just take those sweets when offered.

Still, I made some headway! I found a great recipe for healthy oatcakes. I try to make these once a week so I can take two or three to the office each day.
I’m also planning on trying more healthy snack recipes. I’ve made a new Pinterest ‘Snack Recipe’ board to collect inspiration (I also have a general ‘Recipes’ Pinterest board) and will try out those recipes one at a time this year.

With every usual recipe I now substitute the white wheat flour with whole wheat spelt flour. It actually tastes much nicer! I also try to replace white sugar with honey or maple syrup wherever possible. I’ve seen raw cane sugar in the supermarket which I’ve been meaning to try for cakes.

What’s planned?
Good question. Trying out more recipes to find healthy alternatives is definitely in the works as is replacing ingredients with healthy ones in some tried and true recipes.
In addition I want to substitute milk wherever possible due to my lactose intolerance. This recipe for homemade almond milk looks delicious!
Other than that, sticking to one piece of chocolate a day continues to be a challenge and I’ve failed on several occasions. Not easy that one but I’ll keep trying.

6 thoughts on “healthy eating – snacks

  1. Stefanie Neumann

    Vielen Dank für das spannende Update! Ist doch immer wieder interessant, zu lesen, wie andere die Reise zur gesunden Ernährung so wahrnehmen. – Da fällt mir ein, dass ich auch mal wieder ein paar von diesen leckeren Haferkeksen backen darf… 😀

    Wie Dir ist mit ebenfalls aufgefallen, dass Produkte aus Vollkornmehl (besonders aus Mehl, das nicht aus dem moderenen Weizen gemacht ist) von Natur aus süsser schmeckt. (Ebenso Nuss-, Reis- und Sojamilch gegenüber tierischer Milch). Praktisch, wenn man den Konsum von raffiniertem Zucker reduzieren will, oder?!
    Zudem habe ich mal gelesen, dass einige Lebensmittel den Zuckerhaushalt auf natürliche Weise regulieren. Dazu sollen Hirse, Süßkartoffeln und Stevia gehören. Nach meiner persönlichen Wahrnehmung funktioniert das auch ganz gut.
    (Wobei ich im Falle der Stevia empfehlen würde, eine Pflanze zu kaufen und ab und zu ein Blatt zu kauen, anstatt das komische Pulver zu verwenden, welches als Zuckerersatz angeboten wird)

    Mit Rohrohr- oder Rapadurazucker habe ich persönlich übrigens auch ganz gute Erfahrungen gemacht, zumal wohl dieser rein getrocknete Saft des Zuckerrohrs auch den Säurehaushalt im Körper regulieren soll, anstatt Säure zu produzieren, wie andere Zucker oder Sirups. Den Geschmack muss man allerdings mögen.

    Das Mandelmilch-Rezept, was Du verlinkt hast, finde ich super und funktioniert übrigens auch mit allen möglichen anderen Nüssen (zum Beispiel Hasel oder Cashew). Und es stimmt, der Trester (“pulp”) lässt sich super weiter verwenden, auch zum Backen. – Vielleicht ja auch in den tollen Haferkeksen?

    Weiterhin guten Appetit und viel Erfolg mit dem “ein Stück Schokolade pro Tag”-Plan!
    (Mein Opa war in der Schokoladenbranche… noch Fragen? 😉 )

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Oh, das ist natürlich eine lange Schoki-Prägung🙂 Ich persönlich mag den karamelligen Geschmack vom Rohrohrzucker total gerne, ich habe jetzt nur noch den zu Hause.

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  2. Inge

    Yes, the afternoon snacks are the most difficult ones to quit. And the evening chocolate for me! I have some good healthy snack recipes, I’m going to start sharing those on my blog.

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  3. lionsdaughter

    All of your bullet points are nearly identical to mine and drastically reducing sugar is at the top as well! Nor do I give up chocolate. But I have found that I like a nut flour cookie with chocolate chips. One site that I like is MariaMindbodyhealth.com She’s a little hardcore, but some of her stuff is good (though don’t listen to her chocolate suggestions – just keep using the good stuff!).
    Here’s a link for the basic recipe – I always add in chocolate (always!): http://www.elanaspantry.com/muesli-scones/

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thank you for your comment! I think giving up chocolate is just impossible for me. Thanks so much for the recipe link, that sounds delicious and just what I was looking for!! I’ll definitely give it a try!

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