Halloween has so many sweet treats to offer, so these are what I bring every year to our halloween dinner party. Happy Halloween.
In todays world we are told that in order to lose weight we need to eat less, mostly because our portions sizes are so large. This message sends so many of my clients into restrictive eating tendencies. We can all have healthier body images if we listen to our body and feed our metabolism when physical hunger cues set in. Therefore I suggest everyone consider allowing a snack. Stop saying, "I can wait another hour or two til the next meal or I am hungry and thats a good thing so I will just eat later." No! Eat a healthy snack now and try some of these great ideas below. In addition I love some hummus with pita chips or veggie sticks or an apple with peanut butter or a cheese stick.
Acai bowls have become very popular this past year and are quite delicious for a breakfast or lunch meal that you can make yourself at home. Acai is a Brazilian fruit high in antioxidants and fiber, that you can purchase ready to eat in powder form or frozen at your local grocery store. Look for the unsweetened açaí packets, since the sweetened ones have added sugar. When assembling an açaí bowl, you will obtain plenty of sugar naturally from fresh or frozen fruits. Try this recipe:
1 packet açaí powder
1/2 c frozen fruit - try banana
1/2 c fresh fruit - try berries, pineapple, or mango
1/3 c almond milk
1 tbsp hemp, or chia seeds
BE CAREFUL how you top these bowls with the additional 'add ons' especially if ordering this at a store. Granola, nutella, coconut flakes, additional fresh fruit, or nuts all add delicious flavors to your açaí bowl, however this is where the calories and grams of fat may go from a healthy meal alternative to excessive. Limit your toppings to granola only on top, not the bottom too, and limit fats like coconut or nuts.