Monday, January 24, 2011

Hunger-Squashing Snack Foods

"The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah" - song lyrics
From 12 Hunger-Squashing Snacks at Women's Day Magazine.
1. Warm toasted nuts: try a spicy mix of pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashes with chili powder, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne. Roast in a 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

2. Ants on a Log: Fill a celery stick with peanut butter and dot with raisins. [This is supposed to be a boy scout favorite but when we tried it many of the Cubs did not like peanut butter.]

3. Edamame: You can buy them frozen and ready to eat after warming them up in boiling water. Add flavor with sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt.

4. Trail mix: This is my food of choice when driving long distance. We mix chex cereal with nuts, and dried fruit. We also add M&Ms which is fun but not so healthy.

5. Pita with Hummus: top with tomato, onion, and lettuce

6. Stuff cherry peppers or similar with a soft cheese like goat cheese or fresh mozzarella.

7. A breadless sandwich: they suggest a slice of meat (deli turkey) on a slice of Swiss cheese. Add hummus or guacamole for flavor then roll it up and enjoy.

8. Cheese Cubes - Skewer cubed mozzarella on toothpicks with pitted green olives and sundried tomatoes.

9. Popcorn: try adding grated Parmesan and chopped fresh rosemary for flavor instead of butter

10 Tuna: mix with salsa instead of mayo and serve on a healthy cracker

11. More popcorn: this time with melted butter, sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon (this is healthy?)

12. An Elvis Special: toasted wheat bread with peanut butter and banana slices. Optional: a drizzle of honey.

Bottom Line

To this list I'd add apples and peanut butter. I slice the apple in half then use a melon baller to remove the seeds and create a hole. Fill the hole with peanut butter. Optional: top with raisins. For my wife her favorite snack food is the whites of hard boiled eggs.

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