If there's one thing I can get excited about, it's snacks. At one point, a student saw how many snacks I had in my desk at work and basically asked if I thought an apocalypse was coming or something. "Uhm, no. I just have a fear of being without snacks," I said. So true, so true. Here are my favorite snacks:
Found these at Marden's for $2.50!
1. Beef Jerky: First of all, the best beef jerky of all time was made by my father-in-law and now is made by my husband. For those of you who can't cajole your husband into making you beef jerky ( or, heck, who has the time? ), my favorite brand is Krave, pictured above. My husband claims not to like this kind but I'll just let you guess who ate the last of it. Keep in mind that anything dehydrated from fruit to beef is going to be calorie dense--i.e. don't eat the whole bag in one sitting ( the struggle is real ! ).
2. Chia Seed Pudding: Okay, I'll admit right now to being hipster. Go ahead, judge. The thing is, I really do like chia seed pudding. My husband is not a fan and my students think it is the weirdest thing they've ever seen ( Yes, this is the stuff that you see on T.V.-- Chi, chi, chi, chia! ), but I still like it. First of all, it's a great source of protein, like all seeds. Second of all, the versatility makes it a total win for me. On my to make list: one from Paleomg's cookbook, this Cherry Jubilee one from Real Food Whole Life, and obviously this colorful one from How Sweet Eats. I mean, come on. Plus, you can top it with toasted coconut or fruit (so, obviously I'm in) or even jam or whipped cream ( or coconut cream for those fellow lactose intolerants! ).
3. Energy Bites: We've totally talked about this before, but they travel well, freeze beautifully, and are easy to make so yes, I'm a bit stuck on them. My favorite, and David's favorite, are probably these from Eat, Live, Run. As he said, they taste like cookies--uhm, yes please.
4. Smoothies! If you haven't noticed yet, I'm pretty obsessed with smoothies. First of all, anything fruit and I'm there. Second, they are easy and fast to make and travel well in mason jars. Third, since I'm often running late or going somewhere, they are perfect to take on the road. Usually I make them for breakfast but in the summer I just want smoothies all. the. time. In this same realm, I also love green juices--is there anything that can make you feel healthier? But it has to be like, I woke up late and in 20 minutes I'm going to have lunch anyway because no one is full after drinking a green juice, no one.
5. Toast: Okay, before you roll your eyes, toast can be wonderful ! When we stay with my parents probably 9/10 times I'll have sprouted grain bread and almond / peanut butter toast for breakfast. I'll top it with fruit or granola to give it some extra oomph and texture. There's also Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter on toast with some milk, which is obviously the snack of champions. And, since I'm still a hipster, don't forget about avocado toast because toast + perfectly ripe avocado + a little sea salt (and maybe some lemon juice) = one of the best simple snacks ever. Give toast a chance!
What are some of your favorite snacks?