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I don’t know about you, but every day around 3 or 4:00 in the afternoon, carb cravings start to creep up on me. Reason being, this is usually the time that my morning caffeine has officially completely warn off and my body is searching for another quick source for energy.

Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, tortilla chips or a couple of the Girls Scout Cookies that we still have lingering around the house, I decided to come up with a snack that satisfies both sweet and salty cravings without involving any guilt or future caffeine and/or sugar crashes!

All I do is take the following ingredients and toss them in a bowl. It only takes about two minutes!

2 cups of sea salt popcorn

1 T. dried cranberries

1 T. dark or semi sweet chocolate chips

4 walnut halves broken into pieces or a small handful of raw cashews


If I’m not in the mood for sweets (which is very rare!), I’ll replace the cranberries and chocolate chips with about 10 cashews or almonds.

I love this afternoon snack because it’s crunchy, salty, sweet, tart and it takes a while to eat. Oh yah – and it involves chocolate.

If I’m heading out for the afternoon, I’ll toss all of the above ingredients into a plastic baggie and take it with me.


Other foods that crush those afternoon sweets cravings for me are:

• A sliced apple with almond butter

• A nice, big green shake

• A couple squares of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt

Hope you love this craving crusher as much as I do!

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Man that looks good…..sadly nut allergies, and severe ones would not allow this snack….but I may just leave the nuts out and try it anyway!


Mary Jo panzella

Can’t wait to try it tomorrow afternoon!


Mary Ann Dunha Boswell

Love seeing pictuers of you and the boys.Thank you for sharing.


Nadine sesmans

Thank you for the information on nutrition that you give. Also thanks for the recipes.


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