Let’s talk about snacks

Anyone else have the refrain of a Salt N Pepa song echoing through their head now?

No? Just me? Okay, then. Let’s get down to business.

I’ve come to realize I’m a grazer. I eat a little something here, something else there. I’ve been snacking on a banana with peanut butter first thing when I wake up, then hitting the pavement for a walk. After my walk, Β which lasts anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, I head back to the kitchen for a little something else to eat. (That’s when a smoothie usually enters the picture.)

I drink that while washing last night’s dishes and prepping that afternoon/evening’s eats. I pack everything up so I can get to Starbucks for pre-work writing time.

Among my go-to snacks:

  • Cut-up veggies and hummus, sometimes with Pretzel Crisps, sometimes not
  • Veggies and Trader Joe’s less-guilt spinach/kale/yogurt dip. This stuff was a find on my last trip, and I was sad to see the last of it Wednesday.
TJ's dip on toast

Dip on a Sandwich Thin, eaten post-walk

TJ's to-die-for dip

This dip will be missed

I envy folks who have a Trader Joe’s in their city β€” the closest one for me is in Prescott. It works out okay, because my RWA chapter meets in Prescott, so I visit TJ’s on meeting day.

Now back to my list:

  • Nuts of some kind. I recently discovered Emerald brand Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter nuts that are To. Die. For. (And only 4 WW Points per serving.) The Chili-Lime Cashews (5 Points) and Wasabi Wow Mix (4 Points) from Trader Joe’s are also faves.
  • Snack bars … granola, Nutri-Grain fruit bars, Fiber One bars have all made my list at one time or another. A few weeks ago, I made my first batch of these Five-Minute No-Bake Granola Bars. Delicious!
  • Yogurt. As I’ve mentioned, Greek varieties are my favorite.
  • Apple slices (preferably with nut butter, but if they’re Honeycrisp, I’ll eat them plain)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Popcorn

All solid choices, I suppose. Yet I feel like I’m stuck in a rut. I need to spice up my snack repertoire β€” and fast. Boredom never bodes well for me sticking to my diet.

That’s where y’all come in: I need your help. What are some of your healthier go-to snacks?

Spill it in the comments below. I’m always up for new ideas.

 

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8 thoughts on “Let’s talk about snacks

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  2. And thank you for that ear worm, Arlene. I’ll be humming that song all day. Humming mind you, because Frickas and Frackus are home on spring break. πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

      The song I’ve been humming all day β€” surprisingly not Salt N Pepa β€” is “Everybody Dies Famous in a Small Town” by Miranda Lambert.

  3. Some go-to snacks in my house:
    Hard boiled eggs
    cheese sticks
    Sometimes I cook egg beaters and turkey sausage crumbles mixed together in a muffin tin, then bag them for on-the-go snacking. Occassionally I add cheese!

    Other snacks aren’t quite as healthy. If I think of any others, I’ll let you know.

  4. I adore Honeycrisps! The best apples I’ve ever eaten – so sweet and crunchy. And the Athenos Garden Vegetable hummus…yum! I can eat that stuff with a spoon!

    Cut up cantaloupe, blueberries, celery sticks with neufchatel cheese, whole avocados just cut in half and eaten with a spoon right out of the skin, canned tuna packed in spring water eaten out of the can with a fork (not too often, though), plums, and nectarines. If I need a little more stick to the ribs, I eat a bowl of hot oatmeal with a touch of brown sugar/milk or grits with a pat of butter and a couple of packets of Splenda. I’ve been trying to avoid the fake sugars, though. V8 juice is one of my absolute favorites, and beef jerky.

    Buddig dried beef – one whole package is a single serving with only 5 grams of fat and 90 calories. You can eat it as is or make up a plate of dill and/or sweet pickle roll ups. Take one piece of dried beef and lay flat, spread a little neufchatel cheese down the center, lay on a thin pickle wedge and roll up. My family loves them!

    • Great ideas. I’ll have to remember the beef/cheese/pickle combo. It’s something I’d have for lunch while doing Atkins (sometimes with ham or turkey), but I tend to forget about it when I’m not.

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