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Crunch, Crunch, Crunch

by Courtney on March 9, 2011

It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one with a killer sweet tooth after dinner!! I loved reading all of your comments earlier and wish you all the best on your goals. I am still feeling pretty good about my decision to go the next 40 days without sweets after dinner…

We’ll see what I say a couple days from now.

On to today!!


I’m sure there’s no surprise here, but I’ve got a whole loaf of Banana Raisin Pumpkin Bread to be eaten, folks!


So I went for it. But this time I got smart and added a little PB to both slices. Mmmm mmmm, GOOD. Smile On the side, I had a little fuzzy peach.


And, of course, some coffee to go!



To some of you, my lunch may look a little lame, but I’m telling you…sometimes cereal for lunch just totally hits the spot! Who’s with me???


Today included a mix of the usuals: Kashi Go Lean Crisp, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Multigrain Cheerios, vanilla almond milk, plus strawberries and blueberries.


It was exactly what I needed! Smile


As soon as I got home from work, I prepped a package of chicken tenders that we bought over the weekend and let them marinate for almost two hours before cooking them up and adding them to some big ‘ol salads!


My salad included a mix of romaine, spinach, cukes, cherry tomatoes, onion, baby carrots, broccoli, red pepper, dried cranberries, and 3 chicken tenders. I drizzled my salad with the same dressing I used to marinate the chicken, Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan. It’s another one of my favorites!


On the side, Jay and I finished up the last of our beer bread. I toasted it in the toaster oven, which made it pretty difficult to bite into without obliterating the roof of my mouth.


Jay and I laughed at the fact that we both felt like all we could hear throughout our entire dinner was “CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH!” Talk about a noisy meal! I mean really, you’d think I’d learnConfused smile

Luckily, adding a little jelly to the top helped soften things up a bit.


Deeeeelish! Smile


I can already sense my sweet tooth starting to perk up, and it certianly doesn’t help that I’m finishing up a batch of chocolate chip cookie cups for my mother-in-law.

I’m hoping a warm mug of White Chocolate Kisses tea will keep any temptations subsided.

That, and the fact that I get to laugh all evening with my favorite Wednesday night sitcoms!! Open-mouthed smile

Question for the Day:

What are some of your favorite after dinner snacks…that aren’t baked goods or sugary sweets??

I’m going to need some ideas! Smile

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1 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

That tea should definitely curb your craving – I also like peppermint green tea (from Trader Joe’s). And I know it’s not sweet, but popcorn actually satisfies my snack craving after supper. The perfect amount of saltiness helps me forget about sugar. Enjoy your night! :)


2 Melissa March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m looking forward to other people’s comments because I have the same issue with sweets! Does straight up banana soft serve count? I mean, it’s just a banana, right?
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3 Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life March 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

What does that tea taste like? I’ve seen it in the stores before but never understood how they could make tea taste like white chocolate. Is it good? Do you drink it with milk? haha sorry for all the questions!
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4 Courtney March 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Haha, it actually does taste a little bit like white chocolate! You can see the bag must be dusted with cocoa powder or something when you put it in the water. I usually add a little splash of vanilla almond milk to mine, just to add to the creaminess factor. It’s delish…and I’m not a huge tea drinker! :)


5 Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life March 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Oooh I must try it!


6 Khushboo March 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Fresh pineapple w a sprinkle of granola or a banana with a handful of walnuts def hit the spot for me. Alternatively, de-skin a banana and stick it in the freezer. Once frozen spread it w peanut butter & eat like an ice lolly! Orrrr a tspn of dark choc pb. Good luck


7 Tina March 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I definitley go for a cup of tea!
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8 Melissa @ Chocolate & Kisses March 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’m loving all your breads! I’m sure you have mentioned it somewhere on your blog before. Do you use a bread maker? What kind if you do?? I’m in the market and it’s nice to get some insider info & opinions!!


9 Courtney March 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Yes, I do! I have a Cuisinart bread machine…this one, actually!
And I absolutely love it!!


10 Alexa @ SimpleEats March 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Definitely a spoonful of peanut butter, and maybe a glass of wine!
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11 tj March 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

No sweet recipes for 40 days. Guess that makes it easy for me to give up making sweets then. Good thing I made brownies yesterday lol. Will make larger dinners to compensate. Maybe I’ll send daily pics from my local bakery, just 4 u, cause I’m mean like that. :o


12 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries March 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I have cereal as an after dinner snack sometimes. Or maybe a Larabar that I’ve put in the fridge. Would a chocolate chip cookie dough larabar count as a sweet? I mean, it’s not a baked good OR a sweet! Just sayin’ ;)
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13 Stephanie @cookinfanatic March 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Sometimes I like to have a banana, sliced in half, then topped with a bit of peanut butter and warmed in the microwave – such a warm delicious treat! Also lately I’ve been having the Chobani Champions honey-nana yogurt for dessert — w/ chocolate chips (which obviously you could omit) — it’s the perfect size for a post dinner treat!
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14 Charlie March 10, 2011 at 12:17 am

My favorite snacks are queen olives, cucumber with salt & pepper, cheese, fruit, almond butter toast.
And banana bites: banana pieces with PB & honey! Yummy :).
And you should definitely try this rooibos: Perfect sweet herbal tea. Can’t get enough!
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15 jen March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

Dates!! I eat some dried dates after dinner as dessert sometimes and they are naturally sweet so I don’t feel guilty eating them!
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16 Whitney March 10, 2011 at 8:05 am

I don’t keep sweets in the house because I would go crazy and eat them all! When I want something sweet I usually pour a small glass of almond milk because it tastes like a milkshake to me! :)


17 Tara @ The Game of Life March 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

Cereal for lunch sounds great… i LOVE the combo you got going too!! I like to have cereal for dessert, and also a banana or apple with pb is always pretty tasty! Another thing is graham crackers with pumpkin butter!!


18 KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness March 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

A glass of red wine seems to always satisfy my sweet tooth or a small bag of kettle corn!
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19 Courtney March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

OMG, I LOVE kettle corn! What a great idea!! :)


20 Shayla March 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

If I’m trying to stay away from cookies and sugary desserts, I love having a spoonful of peanut butter (especially when it’s your Blizzard Butter! :)) For some reason that really helps squelch my sweet tooth…’s a bit sweet and feels indulgent without it being a sugary dessert. Or what also works for me is either a handful of nuts, a banana, or frozen red grapes. Have you ever frozen grapes? They’re really good and taste like a sweet yummy frozen treat! I also like dried fruit like prunes…this may sound really weird but they’re super good with peanut butter spread on them, trust me! :)


21 Courtney March 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hahaha, anything is good if you spread a little peanut butter on it. Especially if it’s Blizzard Butter! ;)
But those all sound quite tasty! I’ve actually never tried the frozen grapes idea…


22 Shayla March 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yes especially Blizzard Butter – the best ever!! :)
Ooo you gotta try frozen grapes….they’re a nice lil sweet treet! Another sweet treat I like (I have many! :) ) are the pre-portioned sugar-free chocolate jello pudding snacks. They’re quite tasty, only 60 calories, and no sugar! I like to put in some PB puffins or some kind of cereal to make it a lil more indulgent without it really being :)


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