Whether you’re running errands around town, heading out on a hike, or rushing and skipping breakfast or lunch, snacking occasions can pop up with surprising frequency. Being prepared with healthy snack supplies on hand will give you options to feel good about when the need for a quick bite arises. Here’s some key snack material I like to keep in my pantry:
- Popcorn — Take it in any number of directions. Spritz with liquid aminos and sprinkle with nutritional yeast, or dust with Parmigiano Reggiano and chopped parsley, or drizzle with butter mixed with a squirt of Sriracha. You can also make a more balanced option by turning it into Popcorn Trail Mix.
- Nuts and seeds — Roasted or raw, salted or not, a handful of nuts or seeds can tide you over in a pinch.
- Dried fruits — Currants, cherries, cranberries, mangoes, dates and figs. Combine with nuts for a custom trail mix.
- Nut and seed butters — Think way beyond the PB & J. Almond, cashew and sunflower seed butter are great additions to your pantry. Spread on celery or apple slices, or add a spoonful to a smoothie for a boost of flavor and heft.
- Canned beans — Make quick dips and sandwich spreads by blending black beans with salsa, garbanzos with tahini, or white beans with grilled veggies.
- Whole grain crackers or pretzels — For dipping or spreading (see above).
What do you keep in your pantry for healthy snacks? Please share your tips in the comments section below.