Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Tale of Two Evening Snacks (and a recipe)

On Tuesday evening, around 10 p.m., my stomach rumbled. I felt hungry. So I decided to feed it something. I wanted something that would have low impact on my blood sugar, so I decided to eat a packet of cashews. I ended up eating two "Just a Handful" packets of cashews, and then I looked at the label. Holy coronitas! 410 calories???

Yesterday evening, I felt like a little somethin'-somethin' after dinner, of the dessert variety. I went crazy and made 2 cups of hot cocoa! Wooooooo!!! But it looked something like this:
- 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze (80 calories)
- 1/4 cup half-and-half (80 calories)
- 3 heaping tablespoons of Ghirardelli cocoa powder (unsweetened, 45 calories)
- 3 tablespoons of Torani sugar-free vanilla syrup (like the stuff you put into latte drinks) (no calories) <-The irony is not lost on me, Biz, splenda is probably not worse than the corn syrup solids in fat-free half-and-half. :-)
Heat the above and wisk like crazy until the chocolate is fully incorporated.

It was goooood, so chocolatey that it was practically a mocha in strength. 205 calories, half that of yesterday evening's two-handfuls-of-nuts. It was *exactly* what I wanted.


debby said...

Amazing what a little creativity can get for ya! That recipe has a lot of possibilities. Add a little strong coffee and you got a really great mocha type of thingy. Blend with some ice. Mmmm, the possibilities are endless!

Juice said...

Nuts are crazy aren't they? But so so good! Glad you found your perfect snack the next night!

Shauna said...

that sounds darn fine... i'm always in awe of the amazingness of COCOA POWDER! Such a pungent hit of choccie high for so few calories. Miraculous! ;)

Sagan said...

Aha love it how there can be such a difference in calories between snacks when one is small and one is big... it makes food decisions kinda like a treasure hunt to figure out which one is the best choice! (Yeah. Everything's a game to me. :D)