The Prudent Pantry: Eating Healthy Snack Foods
Last month I talked about packing healthy lunches for my husband to take to work. One thing I didn’t mention was snacks. Just breakfast, lunch, and dinner is not enough food for most adults; we need at least one snack, often two or more! He brings snack food with him in addition to his lunch. Every week when I write my grocery list, the very first item is apples. My husband takes one every day and our son eats a lot of them, too. I usually buy an assortment of other fruit as well: berries for our son, bananas for everyone. In December we go through Clementines by the crate.
For snacking at home, I like to keep tortilla chips and various things to dip them in, like salsas, hummus, and fresh guacamole in summertime.
My husband usually brings a homemade trail mix with him, and I snack on the leftover ingredients. I buy two or three types of nuts (always salted peanuts, which are inexpensive, and a ‘treat’ of roasted almonds or cashews), raisins, wasabi peas, and anything else that is a good price and strikes my (or his) fancy. Sometimes we have candied ginger; sometimes dried cranberries (I cannot bring myself to call them craisins, but that might be what they’re called at your grocery store); once I bought pretzel nuggets, but we ended up eating them as a separate snack. I have once or twice put chocolate chips in his trail mix.
Perhaps inspired by our son, I tend to snack throughout the day, eating proper meals at the beginning and end of the day and ‘grazing’ the rest of the time. Keeping healthy snacks around is important! It would be very easy for me to just snack on cookies all day, but I try not to.
Our very favorite snack, though? Popcorn. I pop it on the stove (we have a Whirly-Pop but it’s easy to do with a regular pan) and dress it with salt and Old Bay Seasoning.
What’s your favorite snack food?
Annika Barranti is a writer living in Los Angeles and blogging at Through the Looking Glass . She and her husband are raising two children and trying to eat well on a tiny budget.