Most of the time my blog posts practically write themselves.
I’ll think of a topic while doing cardio, or when I’m in the shower or otherwise have no access to any writing implement or recording device, leaving me at the mercy of my rapidly diminishing memory.
If I still remember my brilliant idea by the time I get home, I simply sit down and write it. Boom. Boom. Done.
This was not one of those weeks.
Oh, sure, ridiculous things happen as they always do in my Twilight Zone life, but none seemed to work as blog-worthy fodder.
So I thought I’d share the frightening thought process that went on in my head this week.
Here are three incidents I thought had potential but ended up going nowhere for various reasons.
1. Poetry channeling closet organizer
A rep from a closet organizer company came out to give me an estimate on installing new shelves in my tiny walk-in closet. As she hands me the estimate, she looks at me very seriously. She then tells me she’s a born again Christian. “He talks to me,” she says. “I channel God through poetry. Would you like to hear one of my poems?”
Um, no. But I would like you to channel some space for my t-shirts, thanks.
2. Neighborhood leaf wars
One of our new neighbors introduced himself to me and my husband yesterday. After I walked away he told my husband how he and the last owners of our house did not get along and had not spoken to each other for years.
So that’s pleasant.
Why? Suffice it to say it involved leaves blowing across property lines on windy days and a perceived uncooperative response from the former owner of this house.
Oh boy. Fasten your seatbelts.
3. I bought a giant, luge-sized tube of caramelized popcorn and mini peanut butter cups
I had no reason other than I wanted it and had to have it right now, calories and sugar be damned, thereby defying everything I preach in one, fell swoop.
I know, they all sound like stellar ideas for a post of non-stop laughs, but here’s why they don’t work.
The first involves religion. I’ve learned from past mistakes that talking about anything remotely controversial triggers an avalanche (defined as two to three) of hate mail. Most request I cease and desist, stop blogging about anything outside of belly fat and biceps, and to please pack my bags and leave the country ASAP.
Therefore, I avoid those topics.
In regards to the neighbor situation, we just moved into our house and are trying to keep the peace. I imagine this excludes writing in detail about something that ends up online where everyone, including the rest of the neighborhood and the neighbor himself, could eventually read it.
So yeah, no.
Lastly, I have no excuse for buying that candy other than I was overly hungry and not thinking rationally. Plus, I was stuck in line at Home Goods, where their checkout lines are stocked with snacks containing the highest percentage of sugar allowed by law.
I’d like to say I threw it out in the garbage when I arrived home, but that happened only after my husband and I (you didn’t think I’d eat the whole thing myself, right?) polished it off.
Thankfully, one of my readers suggested a post about low-calorie snack ideas, so I’ve been spared from trying to make sense of any of these scenarios. (Great idea, Sharon!)
This list was harder to compile than I thought. Most 100-calorie snacks involve highly processed bars and cookies, not something you want to do on a regular basis. (Yes, an ironic statement coming from the purchaser of a tube of caramel popcorn with mini peanut butter cups containing a zillion calories of processed sugar.)
Small snacks eaten throughout the day help keep hunger pangs at arm’s length (caramel corn notwithstanding) and, if they contain enough protein, keep your metabolism humming along.
So here, in no particular order, are a bunch of calorically budget-worthy ideas at 100 calories or less for you to try…
- Chocolate milk: 6 ounces skim milk with two teaspoons of chocolate syrup
- Yogurt with berries: Top 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt with ¼ cup berries and dash of stevia and/or cinnamon.
- Stuffed figs: Combine 1-1/2 tablespoons skim-milk ricotta with a dash of cinnamon and stuff three, small dried figs with a third of the mixture
- Peanut butter banana: Smear a half banana with ½ tablespoon of peanut butter
- Avocado deviled egg: Remove yolk from a hardboiled egg and stuff the center with 2 tablespoons guacamole
- Shrimp cocktail snack: Eight large shrimp with 2 tablespoons cocktail dipping sauce
- Cinnamon apple: Remove the core from an apple and sprinkle the center with stevia or brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon and (optional) a teaspoon of butter. Microwave 3 minutes on high; let stand 5 minutes before serving.
- Cucumber sandwich: Spread 2 tablespoons lowfat cottage cheese on top of half a whole-wheat English muffin and top with six cucumber slices
- Crunchy carrots and hummus: 12 baby carrots and 2 tablespoons hummus
- Rice cake with nut butter: Spread 2 teaspoons of almond butter on top of a brown rice cake
NOW YOU… What are your favorite healthy, low-calorie snacks? Post your ideas below…
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