In the past few months, as I have been learning new food habits and changing the way I eat, one of the areas that has faced a lot of scrutiny is snacks. I am a snacker, which is a hard habit to break. Afternoons are the time when I most want to snack. For years, I usually skipped lunch and then grazed the rest of the day, so this is partly an ingrained habit. Nowadays, I always eat a good lunch, but I still get hungry right around the time my children get home from school, and a small snack is a necessity as I run the gauntlet of soccer practice, art lessons, play dates, and homework.
Listed below are some of my snacking options; foods that are healthy and yummy and will keep me from gnawing on my own arm as the dinner hour approaches:
- popcorn — This comes in two forms: 1) Newman’s Own Organics microwave popcorn (the non-buttery kind) and 2) pre-popped organic popcorn from Whole Foods with a hint of salt.
- apples or other fruits– I sometimes pair this with a small piece of cheese.
- almonds — roasted and unsalted, usually about 10-12.
- wild rice cakes — I found some at Whole Foods that are just divine.
- edamame (a.k.a. soybeans) — I buy the frozen shelled ones and cook them in the microwave with a smidgen of salt and a sliver of butter.
- multigrain crackers and a small piece of cheese
- chocolate — This is a desperation move. If I’m really having one of THOSE days, I’ll allow myself a small square of dark chocolate, which usually satisfies the craving.
What about everyone else? What do you snack on?