Hello, hello, hello! What’s happenin’?! Today’s post is inspired by yesterday’s grocery shopping trip with Nana, where I realized after all this time, “I always buy the exact same snack foods at the grocery store!”. Sometimes I’ll add a fun item to the list if I’m feeling adventurous, but my core items always remain the same.
Basically, I love snacks. I was trying to think of the reasons why I like ’em so much, and I came up with a little list:
- They’re fun foods to eat! (nuts, individual yogurt cups, crunchy popcorn…)
- They distract you from the
mundane natureof school work
- They taste good. duh.
- You get to eat when it’s not mealtime!
- Snacks go with pretty much any social setting (a movie, sports games, road trips… you name it)
However, although I dooooo like my snacking, I do try to keep it on the relatively healthy side, so that I don’t feel lethargic afterwards, and so that I don’t still feel hungry! (As my dad used to say, “Nicole, stop eating those Cheese-Nip cracker things! They are empty calories!”
Now, although I don’t say “no” to Cheese-Nips (they will always hold a special place in my heart), I make a point not to stock my shelves with them on a regular basis.
So! Here’s my list of go-to foods that I pick up at the store without even thinking twice. (Easy for my brain, bad for my wallet).
- Nut Butter
Usually if I’m at school I’ll buy almond or cashew butter to give my stomach a little break from peanut butter. I have, however been known to buy
all three both at once.
- Cheese (a recent addition)
I’m not talking about pre-shredded TexMex here. I mean good, interesting, flavour infused cheeses- that cots a maximum of $5. For example, a couple of weeks ago I bought a Rosemary infused Asiago, and a smoked Gouda. This week’s choice was a little more adventurous in the looks department…
Pesto Gouda Cheese! Don’t hate, don’t hate, don’t hate- while it does look like some scary green monster invaded the cheese with a fungus, I swear it tastes normal (and delicious).
- Nuts (at least 2 kinds)
Because one or two container of nut butters just isn’t enough- you gotta have the real deal!
Lately I’ve been loving these coconut cashews from Trader Joe’s, as well as salted, roasted, Macadamia nuts. I do try to limit my Macadamia nut purchasing because they’re so darn expensive, but once in a while they’re a worthy splurge 🙂
- Greek yogurt (both the flavoured individual cups and a large, plain container)
The rate at which I go through Greek yogurt is insane. But seriously, I think I need to either, a) start making my own yogurt, or b) start returning my large yogurt containers straight to the manufacturer because I swear they are wasting sooooo much plastic on me.
Exhibit A: The amount of yogurt I picked up from Wegman’s yesterday. This should last me through the week.
- Popcorn (some other salty snack)
I have a slight popcorn addiction, however it kills me that it’s so much more expensive to buy the pre-popped variety. When I’m at home, I try to make my own the old-fashioned way, but when I’m at school I get a little lazy, and usually resort to my faves, Boomchickapop and Chiapop.
- Coconut chips
It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to coconut chips, and I can’t wait to have the chance to make them myself (if I can…). Sadly, coconut trees aren’t exactly common in British Columbia, especially in the winter, sooooo my chances of finding a coconut and making this myself are pretty slim. Thankfully, Trader Joe’s and Dang do a pretty good job of keeping my coconut craving satisfied!
- Protein Powder
Although I don’t buy protein powder every single time I go to the grocery store, I do make sure that my
backpack shelves are always well stocked.
My two current favourite protein powders are Jay Robb, and Vega. They both taste great, and have great nutritional stats without the crazy ingredients. Those criteria are a must for me!
Do you have any snack food staples?
Do you like snacking?
Do you snack more now than you used to during other periods of your life?