There’s nothing quite like the satisfying crunch a bowl full of potato chips brings when you’re watching one of your favorite television shows. Rather they’re flavored or just salty, or dipped in a variety of concoctions. Sometimes potato chips and other salty snacks were the only meal I had all day. I thought limiting my eating to just one rather large—but controlled portion of processed snacks would help me manage my weight, but that combined with my sedentary hibernation-like Winter habits sure packed on twelve to fifteen pounds last year.
Something had to change, and I really didn’t want to challenge a lifetime of snacking habits. Afterall, what is binge-watching without a bit of binge-snacking?! The activity would seem so two-dimensional. I decided that I couldn’t get rid of snacking all together, so I had to change what I was snacking on. I wanted the satisfaction of strong flavors and crunchy textures without all of that sodium and saturated fat. If this new diet was something I was going to stick to and be successful at, it had to be sustainable and it had to be good.
So I went to the market and purchased little snack sized Ziplock baggies, and then it was off to the fresh produce section to see what glorious morsels of snackage I could fill them will.
My Fresh Pack consists of:
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Green Beans
- Sweet Peppers
- Carrots (I cut my own to avoid the chemically treated baby cut carrots)
- Celery Sticks
- Pearl Onions
- Cherry Tomatoes
My Preserve Pack consists of:
- Dried Pineapple
- Dried Mango
- Banana Chips
Generally I keep my fruits and vegetables separate from each other, but the nuts can share the same baggies as the dried fruit—or not, it’s up to you. For my omnivore friends, I would imagine that jerky or similar dried meats would hold up well in these Snack Packs, though I’d still keep my eyes on the sodium.
I carry two to four of these babies with me to the office or when I’m running errands, and I don’t feel guilty when I’m noshing on one during a movie.
Did I miss something? What would you put in your Snack Packs?