Monday, February 21, 2011

Beyond Carrot Sticks What do you snack on when you're eating healthy, besides carrot sticks?  (Don't get me wrong, I love carrot sticks, but....)  Well, you can also eat celery sticks, right?  OK, we won't count that one, but there are actually a lot of good snacks.

  • Popcorn.  No, I don't mean microwave popcorn.  I mean popcorn that you pop yourself on the stove.  Add some salt and butter (if you want) and ta-da!  Delicious popcorn.
  • Fruit.  Fresh or dried, fruit is yummy.  I like apples the best, especially with some peanut butter or my latest discovery: cinnamon creamed honey.  It's made with crystallized honey and cinnamon.  That's it.  Spread on apples, it's one of the best things in the world.  Of course, you don't have to be limited to apples.  Citrus, tropical fruits, melons, raisins, and berries are all great.  (Did you know a banana is technically a berry?)
  • Smoothies.  Made with fruit and homemade yogurt, or yoghurt if you like that spelling, smoothies are perfect snack foods, especially before exercising or running errands all day.  We use half a banana, some berries, yogurt and honey in our smoothies.  Blend it, pour into a glass, and you've got an excellent snack, or breakfast, or lunch.
  • Yogurt.  As you can tell from my previous yogurt post, I am a huge yogurt fan.  The yogurt maker is currently running as I type, and hopefully I'll be able to have some as a snack later.  Eat it plain, eat it with honey, eat it with berries.  However you eat it, yogurt is a delicious, nutritious food.
  • Cheese.  With so many kinds of cheese, you'll definitely find at least one you love.  As the saying goes, "Everything's better with cheddar!"
  • Nuts.  Nuts are great.  They are tasty, from what people say.  (I'm allergic to all nuts, except for peanuts, which aren't actually nuts.)  They're good for you.  They're portable.
  • Hard-boiled Eggs.  Very filling and super-easy to take along with you.
  • Doritos.  Just kidding!
  • Homemade Baked Goods. There are so many variations of breads and muffins.  We make banana bread, cornbread, coconut bread, and pumpkin bread, to name a few.  By making it ourselves, we can control the ingredients and avoid things we don't want to eat.  It's also great to make two loaves at a time and freeze one for later.
  • Spoonful of....  Not sugar, but peanut butter.  Or any nut butter, really.  Any kind will do as long as it's all-natural.  Watch out for added sugar and partially hydrogenated oils.
As you can see, there are many smart choices beyond carrot and celery sticks.  Keep these snacks in the pantry or fridge.  Grab some nuts if you're going out shopping, or gulp down a smoothie before TaeKwonDo (or swim practice, or baseball). The idea is to plan ahead so you don't have to resort to processed convenience snacks.


  1. Thanks for giving your readership so many healthy snack ideas, Kaynan! These are great tips for eating on the run!

  2. I didnt know Doritos were good for you, glad I read this, thanks.

    1. It's good to see we can both appreciate sarcasm! :)