Seaweed, black beans or brown rice with the word "indulgence" sounds like an oxymoron. But snacking is in and if your snack has healthy ingredients, you feel better about it; hence the phrase "permissible indulgence".
One-third of Americans say they snack 3 to 4 times a day. That is on top of their meals. Some weight loss advice recommends 3 balanced meals with 2-3 small snacks a day. With our on-the-go society, snacking is here to stay.
My Plate guidelines apply to snacks too so half of your snacks should be vegetables and fruits. Enter seaweed and black beans. Half of your grain based snacks should be made from whole grains. Enter brown rice. Snacks should include at least 2 food groups for nutrient variety and satiety. Enter lean protein and low fat dairy.
There is a broad spectrum from denial to indulgence. Restrictive, elimination diets are known to fail. Change what constitutes an indulgence for you. Think about it - is it sweet or salty? Crunchy or chewy? Maybe you can get that from something healthy. Give yourself permission to indulge.