Everybody snacks, and I mean everybody. You don’t have to feel guilty for treating yourself between meals, though. Snacks don’t have to be sugary carbohydrate disasters, and they don’t have to be complex either.
Whether your kids are clamoring for something tasty, a group of unexpected guests just dropped by to say hello, or your own stomach is in need of filling, having these simple snacks on hand will help you fight off any case of the munchies.
Cheese and Crackers
There are so many different kinds of cheese with so many different flavor profiles, everyone is sure to find something they like. There’s creamy Brie for those with earthier palates, soft Ricotta for those looking for something sweet, and aromatic Limburger for those who have no fear. The list goes on and on. Pairing them with different combinations, such as light pita chips or thick, buttery crackers, not to mention savory spreads like onion jam or pepper jelly dip, can lead to surprising taste sensations.
Veggies and Dip
Vegetable snacks like carrot sticks, celery stalks, grape tomatoes, and broccoli florets are tasty, nutritious, and appealing to the eye. That said, they’re not always the most exciting snack options. They’re missing something very important: dip. Sour cream-based ranch dressing is a tried-and-true staple, but consider other possibilities, such as guacamole or hummus. The latter in particular has loads of potential, coming in all kinds of varieties without sacrificing healthfulness.
Fresh and Dried Fruit
Got a sweet-tooth? Candy bars and Ho-Hos might do the job, but they tend to be full of empty calories and, worse, they can be surprisingly expensive. Fresh and dried fruits are just as tasty and satisfying, while also being better for you and delivering more bang for your buck. For the cost of one small box of snack-cakes, you can come home with multiple containers of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, not to mention bags of long-lasting dried bananas, apples, and peaches. Best of all, these can double as ingredients for even more delicious homemade treats.
Yogurt and Granola
Yogurt is kind of like ice cream, only with a lot less sugar and fat. This is especially true of unsweetened Greek yogurt, which you can easily and delectably jazz up by adding in fruit slices and other goodies. Granola provides a satisfying crunch and can also be used to complement the yogurt’s own flavors, balancing out tartness with more rustic flavors like nuts, vanilla, maple, or cinnamon. As an added bonus, yogurt usually comes in smaller containers, allowing you to indulge yourself without overdoing it.