7 Quick Takes: healthy snacks edish

12 April 2012

Of course I'll need to preface this by stating that I'm not any sort of licensed or unlicensed nutritionist. Nor am I in any sort of shape in which I am even remotely thrilled at the prospect of wearing a bathing suit in public. So take these with a grain of gullible.

In a perfect world I would enjoy inhaling carrot sticks between my three squares, have all the time in the world to shell and roast Edamame, and grow my own tomatoes but the shoe just doesn't quite fit and I'm still a few weeks shy of being perfect. I'll have great intentions to chop and appropriately store fruit and vegetables but my priority list jumbles easily and I've had to make some compromises in the healthy snacking department. I tend to eat all day long and have found the following foods help me do just that without gaining back the weight I gained during both pregnancies at the same time. Also, I veer more toward less sugar and starch and more fat rather than low fat and high sugar. But I really like sugar and am about to pop my 8th and 9th Reese's Eggs of the minute into my greedy mouth. So you should totally listen to me.

1. Snapea Crisps. these market themselves as a salad topper but since I tend to kill and mold all greens four seconds after they're purchased I just eat this by the handful instead. You have to eat 20 'peas' before you hit 100 calories and they totally hit the Cool Ranch Dorito craving spot. I promise. Julia even likes them and she only likes junk food, kidney beans straight from the can, and antacids so I'm sure you'll like them too.

2. Hummus. Super original. To enjoy with your faux Doritos and to help slow your crunch snarfing roll. Or to eat with slices of the bell pepper that hasn't gone bad quite yet.

3. Iced Coffee. I usually finish my morning coffee in the afternoon with Almond milk and Agave nectar over ice. Super exciting.

4. Better 'n Peanut Butter. Could they not have come up with a Better 'n Awful Name? I first saw this on Gina's stellar site and it is amazing. It has almost half the calories of regular peanut butter,
(I know - more sugar - lose some) doesn't have that delicious inch of oil to mix in like natural peanut butters tend to, is nice and sweet for my sweet tooth, and can be found at Target or Trader Joe's. I like it on bananas or my finger but you can eat it however you'd like. I'll let you.

5. Tea. I'm horrible about drinking water. When I'm not inhaling Reeses Eggs after dinner I try to drink some tea. Any tea at all. It ups my water intake level about 3/4 of a small mug about four days of the week. Go Grace go.

6. Chia Seed Smoothie. (remaining faithful to the cause) Or any smoothie at all. Sometimes I'll make 1.5 times the normal amount and 'snack' on the .5 throughout the morning or afternoon if Julia doesn't kill it first.

7. Etc. Greek yogurt, eggs (I prefer cooked, you might prefer raw), any and all cheese in or out of moderation, lunch meat, reluctant water, and leftover organic overpriced baby food (thanks Sebastian). Or you could just stick to the Reese's. Or not listen to me at all. 

For scads of prettier takes, go see Jen.


  1. oh, i love this list! i'm such a sweet tooth so i'm always on the hunt for healthy (but DELICIOUS) snacks!

  2. We LOVE those Snap pea crisps around here. And hummus. And Reese's eggs.
    And peanut butter, so I'm absolutely going to try your poorly named peanut butter suggestion.

    Hey, Almond Joy creamer and chia seeds. You haven't steered me wrong yet, Patton.

  3. i'll add all these to my grocery list.

  4. I eat that peanut butter and love it so much - I buy 3 or 4 at a time...

    Meggy from Chasing Davies and Chasing Babies

  5. Great list! I have at least one serving of plain yogurt a day, drizzle a little honey on or add molasses with ginger and cinnamon.

  6. I found these great bran crackers at a health food store. They’re big and filling and just 2 net carbs/12 calories each. Taste isn’t too bad, they mostly just taste like whatever you put on them:

    I like them with brie and summer sausage, or as something to dip in hummus.

  7. Better 'n Peanut Butter ... I'll definitely have to check that one out. I love peanut butter - on waffles, on toast, from the spoon - so I could probably benefit from the swith.

    And boy do I love hummus.

  8. Better'n Peanut Butter? I didn't know that was possible. Definitely checking that out soon! Also, Julia and I have a very similar diet.



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