I’m a snacker not a fighter! I love to snack, snack, snack–all day everyday It doesn’t matter if we just came from a big, hearty steak dinner or a kiddie party with a generous buffet spread, as soon as I get home I raid our pantry like a mad woman looking for something to munch on. And I snack even more when we watch our favorite TV series in bed like Newsroom, Suits, and Game of Thrones. Patrick always kids me for having a bottomless pit for a stomach. I figured I can’t change the fact that I love to snack but I could at least make some changes in my snacking choices. So here are my healthy snack recommendations that are tasty and full of flavor—but also very nutritious at the same time. PS: I bought all these snacks at Healthy Options.
CADIA’S ALL NATURAL
SWEET POTATO TORTILLA CHIPS
With a dash of sea salt, these chips are perfect with Organic Salsa and ooeey gooeyy cheese!!! You can dip it in your fave low fat sour cream also. Sweet Potato is an excellent source of Vitamin C, B6, D, iron and magnesium. These tortilla chips are made with US grown non GMO yellow corn and sweet potatoes.
HIMALANIA’S DARK CHOCOLATE GOJI BERRIES
I. am.obsessed.with.this. I could eat this forever and ever!!! If you need some chocolate in your system (especially for the PMSing women out there!!! Yoohoo!) this could be the perfect sweet fix for you. It marries the antioxidants found in dark chocolate and Goji berries into one yummy snacking treat. Goji berries have been revered by the ancient Chinese, Tibetans, and Mongolians for centuries for their supernatural properties. They are high in fiber, iron, zinc, selenium, Vit C and get this—they have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal compounds too.
CRUNCHA MA ME
These are my little packets of happiness. I love edamame and I always end up ordering them in Japanese restaurants. Like the package itself mentions, these little veggie pods are protein and fiber rich superheroes! At 90 calories per pack, this is the perfect guilt free mid day snack.
Here’s a Tip on How to Save Food Waste from Healthy Options:
Dont Scrimp on Flavor: Fresh herbs are pricy. But as with spices, we would never say to skip them—they’re key to making healthy food taste great. Look for combination packages of fresh herbs; they may be labeled “poultry mix” and typically contain a couple of different herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and marjoram. That way you get a bit of a few different herbs and you’ll likely have less waste. Growing your own is another great option. In many areas you can grow hearty herbs like rosemary outdoors all year long. Though the flavors will be slightly different, you can replace fresh herbs in a recipe with dried. The rule of thumb is to follow a three-to-one fresh-to-dried ratio. So if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon (i.e., 3 teaspoons) of fresh thyme, use 1 teaspoon of dried. Rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme are good bets when going from fresh to dry. Avoid making swaps with cilantro, parsley or chives as the dried herbs don’t have much flavor. Love Food, Don’t Waste!