Ya’ll. I LOVE snacky food. Salty snacky food.
Sure, there’s chocolate cake, and that is an occasional love affair.
Plus there are cookies, and I can take ’em or leave ’em. Unless they’re exceptional.
Candy. On occasion, I have a few candies that I like. Black licorice, Good ‘n Plenty’s, and Original Sprees – old skool stuffs.
But snacky foods. There’s no denying them from my tastebuds. Let me tell you a couple favorites:
- french fries
- pita chips (especially with hummus)
- nachos – these nachos are my new fav.
- popcorn – white cheddar popcorn is my obsession!
- potato chips
Give me all the snacky food! Not pretzels though. I don’t like pretzels. OH! Unless it’s a soft pretzel and there’s CHEESE. There’s gotta be cheese. I could write a whole post just about my love for cheese. Next time!
Thankfully, I have the insight to know when to chill out on the snacky-food-obsession and when to give into it.
Basically, what it comes down to is this. I keep these foods around like all the time. There is always some sort of salty snacky food in the pantry. You’d think that maybe that would be super tempting, right? Nope.
Honestly, I barely ever think about them hanging out on the shelves down in the kitchen. But when that craving does hit me and I’ve decided that I’d like something a little salty and snacky. Welp, I grab a handful of it (or sometimes a small bowlful) and move on with my day.
If I didn’t give into the little cravings I have, this is what my brain would look like:
“OOOOH, I’d love to have nachos right now. No, I can’t. I can’t have nachos. I have to be good. I’ll think about something else. I know, I’ll go have some carrots. That’ll help. That’ll make me stop thinking about nachos. Ok, got my carrots…. mmmm, these are so tasty. Maybe if I think real hard, I can pretend they’re nachos… hm, nope. Yeah, I still want nachos.”
This will go on the entire day. Sometimes it’ll even go into the next day, until I’d finally snap. I get my nachos and end up eating WAY more than I ever wanted in the first place. I actually just wanted a taste of the nachos. Not an entire plateful.
But because I put that restriction on them and told myself I couldn’t have them, I ended up giving them way too much power and letting them drive me insane.
Does this ever happen to you? What if when you had a craving for something, you just let yourself have it instead of telling yourself no? What would happen?
You may be thinking, “Well, what if I’m craving salty snacky foods all the time?” Or, “What if I want dessert every single day?”
My answer to that is to try to go the homemade route as much as possible. Store-bought items are full of so many preservatives and chemicals that I just can’t feel comfortable putting them into my body.
Making homemade snacky snacks like this BBQ Popcorn is perfect for my cravings. Once I made it (in like 5 minutes flat), I portioned it out into 6 small servings and put them away for the next time I wanted something tasty.
Also, just a little insight that may help: Once you start allowing yourself to give into your cravings, they honestly start to diminish. Like I said, I hardly think about them anymore. That didn’t used to be the case. I used to be in a situation where all I could think about was what food I had in my pantry and fridge.
I’d love to hear in the comments how you handle your cravings for your favorite foods.
- 4 cups of plain popped popcorn
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
- Spread popped popcorn on a large baking sheet.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter completely. Add BBQ sauce and a few dashes of salt. Stir until combined.
- Spoon BBQ mixture over the slightly cooled popcorn and using a spoon, toss the popcorn gently to coat with BBQ.
- Enjoy immediately, or place into a sealed ziploc bag or container to store.