In a recent post, I told you guys about how I was doing the Slow Carb Challenge. I still love it. I’m still feeling great. I’m still hungry a lot of the time! I’ve had a few ah-ha moments since doing this and I’m going to share two of them with you today.
Ah-ha moment #1:
Snacking is huge for me. It’s huge in the sense that I do it 2-3 times a day (which can really impact my health and body shape!) So if I want to not starve or not gain just tons of weight, then I need to have and eat healthy snacks.
Ah-ha moment #2:
Healthy snacks don’t always come in boxes on the cracker aisle. In fact, I need to take the time to prepare and plan healthy snacks for myself or I’m going to end up eating empty carbs because it’s easy and frankly, I like the chip-y sound they make in my mouth.
One of my recent favorite snacks is Cinnamon Spice Pecans. This is a Taste of Home recipe and I love it! I’ve done it with pecans and mixed nuts and they all taste great … but the pecans are phenomenal!!! I love them. I LOVE that this recipe doesn’t have sugar in it either. wa-hoo!
They aren’t much to look at … they just look like regular pecans … but they are spectacular!!!! You have to make them! The recipe is below.
*Sorry for they yellow-y photo … I just snapped it with my iPad right quick and that camera isn’t very good!
Cinnamon Spice Pecans
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound pecan halves
In a large bowl, combine the butter, cinnamon, salt and cayenne. Stir in pecans until evenly coated.
Transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until pecans are toasted, stirring every 5 minutes. Yield: 4 cups.
1 serving (1/4 cup) equals 230 calories, 24 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein