Friday, June 27, 2008

Something to Live For

Now, despite the title of the post, I KNOW you're supposed to eat to live and not live to eat. At least that's what "they" say. But, let's face it, sometimes something good to eat is the little thing that will help us get through an otherwise blah day.

I'm an emotional overeater--i.e., if I am having an emotion, any emotion, I want to eat. I'm working on this, but I've had to find some alternatives to coax myself away from what I really want to binge on. Like, oh, off the top of my head, a half gallon of peanut butter chocolate ice cream (yes, it's been done).

Here are a few of those things:

Onlinevitalicious_2002_20315921.) Vitatop by Vitalicious in Deep Chocolate. I don't buy these all the time because they're rather on the pricey side (a box of 4 at Harris Teeter is somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.50 or more), but they're good. They're 100 calories, chocolatey, cakey, and don't taste fake like some lower calorie sweet treats. I just had one of these. These have the ability to quelch a passing "I want a muffin/chocolate cake" craving. Not at your store. No worries--available online here or at 1-877-VITA-877.



2.) No Sugar Added Fudgsicle. Again, these don't taste fake, and I have successfully averted many-a ice cream craving on the way home from work by promising myself one or two of these. That's the fantastic thing: at 40 calories, if you eat 4, you're still ahead of the game--not so with 4 servings of ice cream. More info here.


3.) When the weather is too cold for Fudgsicles, I turn to No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa. Nothing says "cozy" like a cup of hot cocoa. And, at 60 calories per serving, you won't need to shovel too much snow to work it off (oh to be doing that in this 90 degree heat!).


4.) The last few things have been chocolate, but this one's Ginger--as in Diet Ginger ale. I have had to go a bit cold turkey on this because I was drinking wwaaaaaayyyy too much, but it had a great run for awhile in helping me avert cravings. (By the way, Canada Dry is great, but I get the store brand.)


5.) For a hankering for crunchy potato chips...Barbeque Soy Crisps. Shown are Genisoy, but I am partial to Whole Foods 365. Trader Joes also does a version, a bit cheaper I think, but I don't like them as much. Genisoy is good, as is Glenny's. Each brand has its merits. I am always sure to buy the smallest bag possible, though, despite the greater expense because I KNOW I'll eat the whole thing.

There you have it. Five treats you won't regret tomorrow! What are some of your faves?


  1. I LOVE VITATOPS! Sorry, the caps-lock was totally necessary. The chocolate ones (I don't even know why they make other flavors) are the best. One of those with a huge mug of tea is one of my favorite breakfasts. They are chock full of vitamins and have so much fiber that they are really filling! PLUS they taste good. What's not to like? (No, I am not on the vitatop payroll, just a big fan. :))

  2. Val, I KNOW! (I know Caps are necessary too...) It should be said that I've only ever had the I have no idea what the others are like!


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