Choices

Making food choices is like having that little devil with the pitchfork sitting on one shoulder and the angel with the halo sitting on the other.  You know exactly what I am talking about here.  You walk into the kitchen with the best intentions of eating that delicious apple and suddenly that little voice says, “Ooooo did you see that yummy chocolate cake?”  A few of these moments and you are blaming someone else for shrinking your jeans and no, the manufacturer isn’t working against you by using a material that shrinks over time.

Time to clean out the pantry!  I think it will be best if these foods are simply not in our home.  These foods will make a rare wonderful treat for our local food bank.  I am quite certain my two boys will protest the loss of their favorite goodies but  it is time that we all made better choices.

One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is watching movies at home together on the week ends.  I tend to be what I would call a “movie muncher”.  For me, movies and food just seem to partner like a sunny day and a beach; simply perfect.  Wide screen tv equals movie theater experience which equals the need for popcorn and/or nachos.

I recognize that this is something that I sincerely enjoy so how can I make this a healthier experience?  Again, it is about choices.  Both my daughter and I need sodium reduction in our diets and I am gluten intolerant so we need to be conscious of what we choose.

Possible movie night snack substitutions:
  • Celery, carrot sticks, cucumber and hummus.
  • Fruit with low fat yogurt.
  • Air-popped popcorn (no salt
  • Frozen yogurt
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