Everyone has their fantasies. For some it's a Caribbean getaway, for others it's a Hemsworth. Me? I fantasize about binge-watching Netflix in bed, alone. Some may call it a guilty pleasure, but I might argue that it's a necessity, given how hectic life can get. And if you're going to do it, make it an event with sensational snacks. Why be boring?

To live your best lounge, avoid food that requires you to get up and wash your hands, such as hot wings. And nothing that requires cutting with a knife, like steak.

Healthy foods with a guilty twist can be addictive, like rosemary walnuts. I was a skeptic until I had a taste. Now I'm looking for deals in  bulk walnuts! It's buttery, zesty and loaded with healthy omega 3 fats. If you like salty snacks, Sarah Moulton's recipe hits the spot!

Have you ever made a one-ingredient recipe? It's as easy as it sounds, and it's banana ice cream. Just puree a ripe banana, freeze, and a few hours later, you have a sweet, creamy treat. I like to add a dash of salt for the sweet-salty effect. But why stop there? You can top it with caramel drizzle, peanuts or mini marshmallows.

Looking for an alternative to popcorn, that packs a nice punch? Try this roasted chick pea recipe. If you have a can of garbanzo beans for hummus, you already have what you need, save for some olive oil and spices. Bursting with garlic, coriander and cumin, you'll be crunching these by the handful. Make a big batch so you can save the extras for salads - they add texture and big flavor. 

Craving something spicy, sweet and salty all at once? This mango salsa is the epitome of freshness. The mangoes are sweet, the jalapenos spicy and the cilantro and citrus make it pop. Dip in a tortilla chip, and it's perfectly salty. Make extra for later, because this salsa is a knockout when spooned over mahi mahi or other grilled white fish. 

Time to kick back and practice a little self-care with these delicious and (almost) guilt-free goodies. 

 

August 21, 2019 by Fayeruz Regan

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