Snacks continue to find their way into my days. So many times I end up grabbing a snack instead of eating a whole meal. And with new foods on the market all the time, my favorite snack list is growing. If you missed my last post of #snackattack, read it here.
Sometimes, by definition, it is unclear what constitutes a snack from meal. A snack is smaller and, for me, usually involves some sort of saltiness. While a meal tends to be more rounded with meat and veggies (or protein if I am doing something meatless).
These as snacks I have tried over the past six weeks. You all may not constitute them as a snack but I am going to name them here because I ended up sharing it (which totally makes what could be a meal, now a snack) or I ate a smaller portion so it was a snack to me. In no particular order, here is my favorite snack list.
I visited this sweet little restaurant in Austin this past week, 24 Diner. My fellow blogger friends and I poured over the menu that served the people of Austin 24 hours a day but we stopped dead when we all saw the cheese tray.
It came with locally farmed cheese’s including, Campo de Montalban (Spain/mixed milk/firm), Brie de Nangis (France/cow’s milk/soft), Reading Raclette (Vermont/raw cow’s milk/semi-soft). Each cheese was paired with a housemade garnishes: Mushroom duxelles, pecan jam, dill-pickled red potatoes.
When I lavished the bri on piece of toast and topped it with the pecan jam, I was speechless (which is a big deal for a woman who talks a lot). It was by far the most terrific combination of sweet creaminess that a cheese lover could indulge in.
The rest of the cheeses and garnishes were just as grand but it will be a long time before I find another love like Brie and pecan jam. It is at the top of my favorite snack list at the moment. (And I will be purchasing in large quantities this week)
It was National Doughnut Day this past week so I could not let my kids pass up this opportunity to snack together. We headed over to my local Krispy Kreme and each enjoyed a doughnut of our desire. Most of my kids got chocolate glazed with sprinkles while another licked up a cream filled classic. But my oldest offspring and myself relished in a old school Old Fashioned cake doughnut - mine was devils food and his was original sour cream.
This snack takes me back to my childhood. A memory I have with my grandpa- sitting on his lap and devouring Old Fashioned cake donuts. I am grateful for this memory and to enjoy a new memory, of the occasional doughnut, with all my little ones.
And lastly, I have been debating trying out this new (or not so new) ketones diet. The foods you can eat from are all my favorite (meat, fish, cheese, wine, vegetables, oils, etc) so it seems to not be too difficult. The only added thing is no tortilla chips (which I am sure to fudge on all the time) and no sugar (which I am sure to fudge on occasionally, or maybe all the time or everyday in my coffee).
But here is how I started it out- smoked oysters, baby cucumber (my current favorite veggie snack), cheese (cheese sticks, cheese rounds, cheese slices, cheese, cheese and more cheese!!) and avocados (my old favorite veggie snack that I still eat everyday).
Now this is a typical snack for me at anytime of day. This is how eat regularly so cutting out the gluten and sugar should not be too difficult. But the cutting out of tortilla chips is unquestionable and may mean that I continue to have some bloat when I eat them.
But I am a snack lover so snack on I will (bloat or no bloat).
What is on your favorite snacks list? Do we share any favorites?