6 Healthy Snack Ideas to Satisfy the Munchies
While not all cannabis strains boost the appetite, there are plenty out there that do. Reducing nausea and increasing appetite are two reasons why medical cannabis has become so closely linked to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Some strains can be helpful for treating Crohn’s and other digestive conditions too.
But for those of us who don’t need help boosting our appetites, the siren call of cannabis-induced cravings can be impossible to resist. We’ve all had that Iron Chef moment where we’ve created an epic stoner snack out of several seemingly unrelated ingredients, right? But life can’t be all candy bars, chips and heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter and hot fudge. Sometimes you need to give in to the cravings but keep it healthy too.
Behold, our 6 snack ideas that are simple and satisfying when you’ve got the munchies:
Try layering your favorite flavored yogurt with fresh summer fruit like peaches for a healthy snack rich in protein, vitamins and antioxidants. Low-fat vanilla yogurt with mixed berries is a great way to take advantage of berry season before it’s gone.
Dark Chocolate and Almonds
The lighter the chocolate, the more fat it has so when it comes to snacking dark chocolate is best for those watching their intake. Chocolate and almonds don’t just taste great together, they provide a fair amount of magnesium as well. Just make sure your chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa.
Steamed, unripe soybeans may not sound delicious, but they are! A favorite appetizer at Japanese restaurants, you can purchase bags of salted or unsalted edamame to toss in the freezer and store for your salty snack cravings. A few minutes in the microwave and you’ve got a high protein, low cal snack that’s rich in iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
Lightly toss whatever vegetables you have on hand in a bit of olive oil and then coat with a sweet or savory topping. Roast in the oven until tender. Some combinations to try; parmesan green beans, garlic carrots, cumin and cauliflower, cinnamon sweet potato fries and garlic sesame broccoli. Keep the fats low and pile on the flavor. Eat them on their own or in a wrap for a delicious low-fat snack rich in vitamins and minerals.
Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwiches
Protein-packed peanut butter spread between crisp apple slices makes for an easy, healthy snack. Core an apple, slice into rounds then add your fillings. For a little extra crunch, you can add a layer of granola or dry cereal to the peanut butter. Apples are high in fiber which is good for digestion and regularity.
High in fiber and low in fat, popcorn makes a great snack any time of day. For the healthiest popcorn, use an air popper and skip the microwave bags. Popcorn’s delicate, nutty taste is perfect for pairing with creative flavored toppings, like ranch, truffle butter, parmesan, curry, Cajun, BBQ, cinnamon sugar, kettle corn and maple pecan, just to name a few.
What healthy snacks do you enjoy when you’ve got the munchies? Share them with us!
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