After attempting numerous crash diets, meal delivery services, lemonade cleanses and weekly meetings with weigh-ins, I think I’ve finally figured myself out. As a last ditch effort to drop the pounds, I decided that I would no longer restrict myself from any particular food group. Can I eat carbs? Yes. Can I drink alcohol? Damn right. The only catch is that I’m counting every single calorie that I intake (down to the sticks of 5-calorie/piece sugarless gum that I chew). It may sound like a nuisance to have to write down everything consumed, but doing so has really changed my focus and opened my eyes to how much I was eating before.
Since this is now a number’s game, I’ve been able to broaden my horizons beyond snacking on low-fat cottage cheese or veggie sticks. While I’m not a big fan of protein bars (I think they’re a huge waste of money AND calories), I do have a weakness for granola bars. Quaker Oats recently launched “True Delights” granola bars, which are made with premium ingredients (as apposed to peanut butter chips and marshmallows). Think along the lines of dried fruits, honey, 45% cacao dark chocolate and whole nuts. Flavors include: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond, Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry and Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. Having sampled all three flavors, I must attest that my favorite was the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. For just 140 calories per bar, each sweet and salty bite transported me to Hawaii.
Quaker “True Delights” are now available country-wide. I highly recommend buying a box of this guiltless indulgence!