Here you are. It’s 10 PM and you’re craving a snacky-dessert type indulgement. You are a warrior though. You’ve made a commitment to take care of your body and not overindulge. What do you do?

Here’s a piece of advice. Throw out all of the snickers, butterfingers… all the greasy-gooey garbage you have accumulated. Or give it to your roommate with love and pray he or she has some self-control.

Here’s what you should do instead. Buy a jar of organic peanut butter, almond butter, raw honey, coconut milkcoconut shreds, and dark chocolate.

Then here is what you get to do. You get to be creative.

When I am feeling especially indulgent, I take a scoop of honey and mix it with peanut butter. It feels awfully sinful at times, but I comfort myself knowing that I am eating only two (organic!) ingredients . Am I deluding myself into thinking this is a healthy and balanced snack? Sure, but it is a wonderful feeling knowing that you can indulge in such a decadent morsel while also knowing the exact few ingredients you are ingesting.

Next you can try mixing the almond butter with banana or dark chocolate, or honey with coconut, or coconut milk with just a touch of maple syrup.

Time for you to start practicing your creativity. The point is: there is no point is buying garbage high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil-laden candy bars when you can control the ingredients, be creative, and enjoy such deliciousness for a fraction of the cost.

As an example, one jar of organic peanut butter costs $5, as does a jar of organic raw honey. Assuming you have two large tablespoons of peanut butter and honey (a large amount), this will last you for 15+ servings! That comes out to less than a $1 for each large serving. Again, not only is this a way to save money, but you are taking control of your health by controlling the ingredients that go into your body. It’s not just a win-win. It’s a delicious win-win.

Now get out there and treat yourself to a congratulatory treat for making the commitment to be responsible about your late-night binging. You deserve it!

Happy (and safe) indulging!