Ok, ok, to be clear, even though “the munchies” are generally associated with marijuana, I am not advocating indulging in illegal or medicinal mood enhancers. I am simply saying that, instead of indulging in some mood altering substance and then indulging in all manner of junk food, salty snacks, and unhealthy foodstuff, when your judgment is obviously impaired, why not eat something nourishing, healthy, and texturally and flavorfully stimulating. Your stomach will thank you, as well as your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. And these suggestions are not only for those of you who have indulged, but they are for anyone who might have the “munchies” for any particular reason:
Pistachios, particularly with the shell intact, are a fantastic thing to consume when stricken with the “munchies.” This is because, unlike potato chips and the like, they require some fine motor skills to remove the shell. This slows you down a bit and keeps you from eating your weight in snack foods. In addition, pistachios are a relatively low calorie food, rich in antioxidants, and help with good cholesterol levels. I would recommend dry roasted with minimal salt.
Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and Honey
Easy as pie to make (actually, much easier), a plate of apple slices with an open jar of peanut butter and honey is a hugely rewarding snack for those wanting a variety of flavors and textures. The apples are crisp, sweet and sour, while the peanut butter is rich, somewhat salty and savory, and the honey provides…what do you think…luxurious sweetness. A low energy, but highly nutritious snack, but be sure not to go too crazy with the peanut butter.
Greek Yogurt with Fresh Blueberries
Greek yogurt is now ubiquitous and can be found in zero fat or low fat incarnations. Mix with fresh blueberries (or any other fresh berry) and you have a transcendent snack that blows doors on ice cream (without all that sugar and excess calories).
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Toasted pumpkin seeds are so incredibly good when done right, and at home. Simply open up a pumpkin, de-seed it, and toss the cleaned seeds in with a bit of butter, salt, and maybe some cumin, bake in a pre-heated oven (300 degrees) for about 35-40 minutes, and you have an incredible savory snack. You could also vary this recipe to make a sweeter snack with a bit of cinnamon and a light touch of brown sugar, or you could do sweet and spicy with a bit of cayenne pepper and brown sugar. The possibilities and levels of experimentation are endless.
Quinoa Cloud Cookies
These cookies take a bit of advanced preparation and planning (more so that the above suggestions) but are worth it, as the pay off is sublime. Unlike your conventional snack cookies, these are made extremely healthy with the use of quinoa in the mix. A taste of the clouds when you are temporarily residing the clouds (recipe link here).
Do you have any favorite “munchie” recipes that you would like to share? Maybe you have a particular snack you think is superior to what was mentioned? Enlighten us!