My brother took us to all of Austin's must-see destinations...namely, Mia Madre's Mexican, the Thai Noodle House, and Milto's Mediterranean. However, while he was working, we decided to do what any prairie girl would do when she finds herself in a big-time city...shop for things she doesn't need.
We'd barely set foot on 6th street, our hearts all-a-flutter at the prospect of finding an Anthropolgie and a West Elm on the same block, when Mom suddenly grabbed my arm and spun me around. "I forgot something," she gasped.
"What?," I said, peeling her fingers off my arm. "Your 20% off coupon? Don't worry, I have an extra."
"No, I'm serious," she said.
I looked her over. "You're right," I said, "That belt is hideous. You should have worn the other one."
"You don't understand," she moaned, "I forgot my celery."
Apparently, she doesn't leave home without it. And apparently, she meant business.
Wow, I thought. She needs a 12-step program.
So I may have grumbled a bit as we made our 1-mile trek back to the car (passing up all the shops along the way). And I may have grumbled some more as I threw the car into reverse and backed out of a parking space that we'd found only after 30 minutes of circling.
But as we stood at the check-out line of Whole Foods, loading bags of vibrantly colored veggies into the cart, a smile crept across my face. My mom, who once lived for Dr. Pepper and Snicker Bars, couldn't get to the store fast enough to load up on celery, snap peas, and carrots. And if my mom can make that kind of transformation, I do believe that anything (and I mean anything) might be possible.
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So the question is: when we have the munchies, what kinds of foods do we reach for? Salty? Sweets? Carbs? (I personally have an achilles heel for all three). So I was grateful for the snack alternatives that my mom came up with below. We hope you enjoy them too!
Katie: I love, love this combination of fresh pineapple chunks, plain yogurt*, and cinnamon. (I use a LOT of cinnamon, and stir it all up).
I'm too lazy to cut up a fresh pineapple, so my one supermarket splurge is to buy pre-cut pineapple in the produce department. This also works well with peeled, chopped apples. Enjoy!
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VEGGIES & HUMMUS
Barb: I like to keep my veggies front-and-center in the fridge, already chopped up, and ready to munch.
For a variation on snap peas, I like to steam them in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, then add a dash of salt. Delicious!
The hummus in the photo is "Sabra" from Walmart, shown with slow roasted tomatoes. For other ideas on dressing up your hummus, click here.
If you've ever enjoyed a Dreamsicle, then you will love this refreshing smoothie, made with oranges, mangos, and peaches. You can almost hear the Melodie ice cream truck coming down the road as you sip this tasty treat!
Click here for full recipe.
SNACKS TO ENJOY ON THE GO
Love, Katie and Barb