Guilt Free Munchies I


Let’s face it, everyone gets the munchies. You try to ignore them, try to fight them, but eventually the munchies win, they always win. So how can we let the munchies win us over, and not feel guilty about it later? I know when I get the munchies, I tend to crave something sweet. Something high in sugar something that I should probably not indulge in as much as the munchies want me to. So how can I give the munchies what it wants, with the high sugar content that my taste buds will also agree with, but that I won’t feel so guilty about later? 

I personally enjoy fruit. If I get the munchies and I just can’t ignore them anymore, I make a bowl of mixed fruit and munch away. Fruit contains natural sugars that satisfies the munchies sweet cravings and when I’m done eating a little too much, I don’t feel guilty. Not to mention that there are so many varieties that I can always find something to satisfy the craving. 

Melons are some of the sweetest and often the first thing I go for when the munchies hit. I have been known to eat an entire watermelon to myself, and sometimes I’m sober for it. And let’s face it, when we have the munchies we don’t want to waste our time cutting up the melon into easy to eat pieces right? Well watermelons come with their own bowls so all you have to do is cut it in half and grab a spoon! And as my munchies are chilling out because of the natural sugars found in that watermelon, the rest of my body that normally would say ‘no don’t listen to the munchies!’ is also happy due to the Vitamin A and C and Calcium that I have provided it. 

Honeydew and cantaloupe melons are also a favorite, although those I do tend to cut into cubes and store in containers. The using them as a bowl method doesn’t work as well. Honeydew, as the name may suggest, is the sweetest of the melons and with the potassium and iron, as well as Vitamin A and C, your body will be pleased with the choice. Cantaloupes offer the same as far as vitamins and minerals and although not as sweet, still solve the sweet craving. 

Another favorite of mine are peaches. Especially those Fredericksburg peaches sold on the side of the road. I find that those are the sweetest and even when I eat 4 or 5 in a sitting, I don’t feel guilty about eating too many, and my body enjoys the protein and fiber. Same with fresh plums, so easy to eat and so good for you too. 

Maybe we are craving fruit but want something smaller, something mixed and some different flavors. A bowl of mixed berries and grapes are perfect for that. You can snack on them while doing something else and don’t have to worry about the messy juices like some of the other fruits. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, red and green grapes make an excellent mix and are easy to just grab out of the fridge, toss into a bowl and munch away. 

There are also some of the classics, apples, bananas, strawberries, oranges and even pineapples. Pineapples may be best when bought pre cut up, unless you have a knife sharp enough to skin them and are willing to prepare them well ahead of time, because lets face it, you won’t want to do it by the time the munches get you. It may be a good idea to go ahead and prep some fruits ahead of time, they store great in containers in the fridge and are the perfect snack anytime, munchies or not. 

And while I personally prefer fresh fruits, but I know plenty of people who don’t like fresh and prefer dried. From dried bananas and cranberries to mangoes and papaya, they are easily available and store for a longer period than fresh fruits. And lets face it, some of us prefer the easier grab and go munchies. The only thing with dried fruits is that during the dehydration process they lose a lot of the Vitamin C and as you will be more likely to eat more since dried is smaller than fresh and lacks the water that helps fill you faster, you are likely to eat more calories. Antioxidants in some dried fruits, such as cranberries, grapes and plums have shown to be twice as potent than in the fresh fruits as they are now more concentrated. But even if you prefer the quick and easy dried fruits, you are still eating healthier than if you grabbed a bag of overly salted chips. Just keep in mind, a quarter cup of dried fruits equal about a cup of fresh fruit and when buying dried fruits, pick the ones that the ingredients say only the fruit, no added sweeteners. Fruit is sweet enough on its own, and already has plenty of natural, good for you sugars, no need to add the not good for you sugar fillers. 

Remember, fruits are sweet and will satisfy those munchies and at the same time you are getting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and even some protein. You no longer need to feel guilty about those munchies, just enjoy them! ~