“What else is there?” you ask? Look no further than your local grocery produce section, or, better yet, a farmer’s market! There you’ll find many items that make great snacks and are a lot healthier than the packaged products found in the middle aisles.
As I sat eating my lunch today, I just felt compelled to blog on the various snack options we have available to use. It just takes a little manual labor in the kitchen and you’re ready to keep the bag of stripped down ingredients with other ingredients added back in where it belongs….the store shelf!
Here’s a list of things off the top of my head:
Jicama – a popular Mexican tuber, Jicama provides a clean, refreshing snack that’s good any time of day. Peel the hard, brown skin and some of the tough layer right under it; then cut into cubes, sticks, or “chips.” This is great as a finger food, or tossed into salads. Try sprinkling some lime juice on the cut pieces for a very refreshing treat on a hot day.
Other things like summer squash can also be consumed raw, but I find that’s more flavorful when cooked. Just keep most of these in airtight containers or plastic bags in your fridge, they should all last at least a week this way. Keep tomatoes at room temp and mushrooms stored in a paper bag to limit mositure accumulation.
Hope you enjoy these snacks as much as I do, please try at least one in place of a packaged item. It might take some getting used to, but the health benefits are well worth it, and maybe, if you have kids, they will follow suit and pick up some good snack habits.
Until next time, keep a little spice in your life and Just Add Cayenne!