Which is why having an inventory of skinny food in my fridge– that I can snack on when I need it–is crucial..
But, sometimes, I’m so hungry that I need a snack while making a snack!
I always, always have a big glass jar of the stuff on the counter so that I can grab a handful while making dinner or a snack. And I keep a big Tupperware container of it in the pantry to use when I make lunches for the kids, or want to have a snack for my car or for a plane flight.
It’s simply air popped popcorn which is spritzed with a little butter spray and mixed with few of the yummy things you find in store bought trail mix… a few pretzels, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds or nuts, even a bit of dry cereal or Quakes and–my favorite health food– M&Ms…
Why go to the trouble to make it rather than buy it? Easy. Real trail mix has 150 calories per 1/4 cup… which means a normal handful is 300 calories!
But air popped popcorn has only 15 calories a half cup…which adds up to less than 100 calories for 3 cups!
And the combination of the fiber rich popcorn and the salty and sweet treats you mix with it will really fill you up as you satisfy your need to snack. (Don’t even think about using microwave popcorn, even the “light” versions are loaded with fat, calories and chemicals.)