I think I have a problem. Starting a diet makes me crave everything thing that I can’t have. I mean, my diet started twenty minutes ago, I am craving potato chips. Seriously it is almost instant. I can go months without eating potato chips, but the minute I say to myself, “Ok self you are going to eat healthier and exercise and do yourself good”, the cravings start to happen. It isn’t always about salty things either chocolate and peanut butter have a way of derailing my “good for you” thoughts.
Can I admit something? I mean, please just keep this between you and me. I have 46 cookbooks that tell me how to eat healthier. 46 of them. They have have their own shelf on the book shelf and they stare at me all the time. Use me, they say. Open up the books and get your butt in shape, they implore. One of these days I am actually going to listen to them. Right now they are currently holding dust jackets and odd and ends and probably dust. Yes, most definitely dust.
Well today I picked one up. Cooking Light’s, “The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook, by Janet Helm, RD. I bought this book because of the concept. The book is divided into 12 easy to follow steps on how to get healthier. One concept per month, so you don’t over whelm yourself and lose track of what you are doing. Craving something sweet and salty, I turned to the back of the book to the chapter “Eating Mindfully”. It caught my eye, because the pictures of dessert in it. Salted Caramel Brownies to be exact. Perfect! Something salty and something sweet and get this, only 180 calories for a decadent brownie!
Ok, lets be realistic here. It is all about moderation. The brownies are baked in a 8x8 pan and you have to cut them into 20 servings, leaving you a brownie the size of your thumb nail. A small brownie after a healthy meal is an indulgence, but what an indulgence it is. My plan is to package the brownies into individual servings and then put them in freezer, so the pan isn’t staring me in the face. Just knowing they are in there is a comfort. Of course I have to dodge the Girl Scout cookies in there too.