Got The Munchies? Give These Healthy Snacks A Try.
What makes an ideal snack when you’ve got the munchies? Imagine you’ve just smoked some amazing Kush, and your appetite has been kicked into high gear. What do you crave? If you’re like most, you probably skip the healthy snacks and go straight for the sweets.
Cookie dough? Twinkies? Doritos? Brite Crawlers? Ben & Jerry’s? But what if getting the munchies wasn’t synonymous with loading up on junk food? Next time, try embracing the healthier side of cannabis. Here are the best healthy snacks to eat next time you get the munchies.
Once an esoteric dip only known to vegans, vegetarians, and bohemians, hummus is now one of the most popular snacks in the country.
From supermarkets to bodegas, you can find hummus in a tremendous variety of flavors.
From the traditional roasted garlic to spicy and even sweeter varieties, hummus can satisfy just about any kind of taste craving you can imagine.
Hummus is great as a dip. Use it with celery, baby carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers — any veggie you like. It also spreads well on fresh bread or pita.
What makes hummus so healthy is the protein it packs. It’s made from ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, which is a paste made from ground sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic.
Hummus is also rich in fiber. Furthermore, studies have shown that chickpeas and tahini both lower “bad” cholesterol.
And on top of all that, the antioxidants in the garlic and olive oil can improve blood flow. All good news for your heart.
Hummus is one of the most versatile healthy snacks to add to your arsenal.
Any fresh fruit is perfect if you’re looking for healthy snacks that will satisfy your cannabis-induced cravings. So why single out grapes?
Let’s start with the sensations. Biting into a grape is like biting into a flavor explosion. The slight resistance of the skin creates a bursting sensation when you
The slight resistance of the skin creates a bursting sensation when you bite down, with juices flowing out over your taste buds. When you’re stoned, it’s an intense experience!
Grapes also make healthy snacks for weed smokers because they are dry-mouth eliminators.
Nothing is more refreshing when you’ve got cotton mouth than biting into a fresh grape.Try freezing them for those hot summer days and hot hits.
Grapes are way better than candy, and better for you too. Green grapes tend to be more sour and pair well with sour strains.
Grapes also make the list for their potent health benefits. Grapes contain a long list of important antioxidants.
Probably the most important are polyphenols, which prevent all kinds of cancer, including lung, mouth, prostate, and colon.
Finally, grape skins, especially the red ones, are rich in another polyphenol called resveratrol that keeps your heart healthy.
When you’ve got the munchies and got ’em bad, it’s not always a question of what you eat, but also how much you eat!
The munchies can be an unstoppable force, compelling the stoned, hapless victim to eat far more than they otherwise would. When you’re high and hungry, sometimes it’s impossible to stop snacking.
That’s why having healthy snacks you can eat a lot of is so important for the weed consumer looking to maintain a healthy diet.
Popcorn is a great go-to healthy snack when you know you need to munch on the something for the long haul. It’s quick, bite-sized, and the popcorn kernels make an enviable delivery method for all kinds of delicious flavor
It’s quick, bite-sized, and the popcorn kernels make an enviable delivery method for all kinds of delicious flavor dusts and toppings.
But try to avoid the store-bought, microwave-in-a-bag popcorn. In addition to a whole host of unhealthy (or downright industrial) preservatives and chemicals, the microwave stuff has more calories than traditional popcorn.
Making popcorn the old-fashioned way is surprisingly easy, and only weighs in at 108 calories an ounce. You just need a sauce pot, a little bit of vegetable or olive oil, and heat.
Warm up the oil and toss in the corn kernels. Toss and stir for just a few minutes, and before you know it you’ll be poppin’! When you are high, the process can be quite entertaining.
When the popping subsides, you’ll have delicious, fluffy, and fresh popcorn that puts the microwave stuff to shame. Add some spices, butter, caramel, or chocolate sauce, and you’re in for a real treat.
Not surprisingly, we’re back to fresh fruit. But mangos, like grapes, deserve some recognition all their own.
So what makes mangos the perfect choice for bud smokers in search of healthy snacks? Well, the answer may just blow your mind.
In other words, mangos won’t necessarily make you more stoned, but you will be high for longer. That’s because of a perfect harmony between the terpenes in mangos and the terpenes in cannabis.
Terpenes are the plant compounds that impart, among other things, the characteristic tastes, smells, and fragrances of a plant.
In fact, these terpenes are what make mangos and cannabis smell so amazing. Together, these terpenes interact with THC cannabinoids to prolong and even intensify the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Of course, your results may vary. But the best part is, it doesn’t matter whether you eat mangos before or after you smoke, making it ideal for keeping your high going and satisfying your munchies at the same time.
Finally, a single mango has just 150 calories. Since eating this healthy snack is so rewarding for your senses, and can be quite filling, it’s a great choice for treating a bad case of the munchies.
6. Celery and Peanut Butter
Sometimes, the desire to turn to your favorite junk food when you have the munchies comes from nostalgia. Those tastes that come from your childhood and are buried deep in the pleasure centers of your brain.
A good approach to finding healthy snacks that tap into that nostalgia is to recreate the good-for-you snacks you enjoyed as a kid.
“Ants on a log” is one of the most classic childhood snacks. A piece of a celery stalk filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins.
Delicious, full of different textures and flavors, and imaginative, celery and peanut butter is a fantastic choice for smokers hunting for healthy snacks.
There are all kinds of health benefits stuffed into this simple combination.
First, the peanut butter. If you go for the natural stuff, and not the sugar-filled kind, you’ve got a low-sugar, protein-rich snack packed with healthy fats.
Good for your heart, peanut butter is also rich in potassium. Additionally, eating celery with peanut butter can help you shed some pounds.
Who would have thought getting the munchies could be part of a healthy diet?
Mixing nugs and nuts is a great way to enjoy healthy snacks the next time you get the munchies.
Almonds and other tree nuts like pistachios and cashews can serve as incredibly healthy snacks when you’re high.
On their own, almonds aren’t much to get excited about. They’re kind of bland, a little dry, and otherwise pretty boring.
But they are healthy as can be, and with a little creativity — and lucky for you, you’re extra creative since you’re stoned — you can transform these humble nuts into dynamic flavor landscapes.
First, roast those babies. Natural almonds taste way better after they’ve been pan roasted in the oven for a few minutes and are toasty brown.
Then, squirt some lime on top, sprinkle with some chili powder and chopped cilantro, and you’ve got a southwestern style gourmet snack with just a few ingredients.
You can top almonds with whatever flavors you like. Try cinnamon and sugar if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
And despite their small size, almonds pack a punch in the nutrition department. They contain tons of healthy fats, protein, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E.
Those nutrients can combat weight loss, reduce blood pressure, and help keep your heart healthy.
And if you’re looking to bring a stop to your munchies, almonds can reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
4. Avocado Toast
This healthy snack has been trending lately, and for good reason. Avocado toast is a delicious and nutritious way to indulge all your cravings.
You can also use avocados to make weed-infused guacamole. That way you can get high and satisfy your munchies at the same time.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but creativity wins the day in this department again. From savory to sweet, avocado toast can be dressed up any way you like.
For a refreshing, soothing snack after an intense smoke session, try a strawberry bruschetta version of avocado toast.
Start with some nice multi-grain bread and slices of fresh avocado. Toast the bread and set the slices on top.
In a separate bowl, mix some finely chopped strawberries, red onion, and fresh basil. Add a touch of olive oil to blend all the flavors.
Finally, spoon the bruschetta on top of the avocado toast. The textures and subtle flavors are something to ponder and savor slowly while you contemplate the mysteries of the universe.
The best part is that avocados have earned the title of “superfood” for their incredible nutrient density. In fact, avocados are the only fruit in the world that provides a significant amount of healthy fatty acids.
Besides that, they pack in nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. And if you don’t mind getting the giggles along with the munchies, you can call avocados by their other name: alligator pears. Chomp!
3. Sweet Potato Fries
They’re great when you’re sober. They’re great when you’re drinking. And they’re downright amazing when you are high.
Sweet potato fries are legendary in the healthy snacks department.
Sweet potato fries are incredibly easy to make. You don’t even have to fry deep them. Baking will do — and you’ve been baking already.
Just peel and chop however many sweet potatoes you feel like chowing down on. Toss them in a bowl with some salt, onion powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper for a kick.
Next, lay out the fries on a pan and stick them in a 450-degree oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until the start to crisp around the edges.
Wait for them to cool, then dip them in some ketchup or your favorite side, and enjoy.
When you make french fries out of sweet potatoes, you tap into a nutrient-rich food that offers way more than fries made from regular potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C. They provide about 27-30 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. And that helps you fight infections and stave off the flu and the cold.
Sweet potatoes also fight aging, help maintain strong bones, and keep your metabolism in good shape. So try them the next time you want to get your fry on.
A Quick Note: You can use either yams or sweet potatoes. Both are better choices than regular baking potatoes when you’re looking for healthy snacks.
Yes, nachos can be healthy. It all depends on your approach. Loading up some tortilla chips with veggies, beans, and cheese creates a crispy and colorful snack.
When you’re high, you’ll think you are eating a painting by Jackson Pollock.
Veggies, of course, are good for you. And the black beans provide a low-calorie source of protein and fiber.
The cheese provides some healthy fats — and some not-so-healthy fats, too — in addition to amino acids and calcium.
Besides, there’s nothing more rewarding for a serious case of munchies than the satisfying crunch of nachos drenched in melted cheese and healthy veggies.
The trick with keeping nachos healthy is paying attention to your ingredients. Avoid the fatty meats like ground beef or pork that typically top nachos to transform your nachos into healthy snacks.
You can also top your nachos off with an avocado to take advantage of its superfood powers.
A word of warning, though. Tortilla chips are fried and high in fat and calories. But there are varieties, such as tortilla chips made from blue corn, which are a bit healthier.
Pro Tip: Dice up some of your leftover sweet potato fries for a unique twist on this traditional stoner fare.
1. Veggie Pizza
Pizza and cannabis have long been partners in crime. What could be better when you’ve got the munchies than a little za?
In fact, the connections between the two have inspired some clever cannabis inventions. Last year, for example, a company designed a pizza box that quickly transforms into a disposable pipe.
Another creative inventor came up with the Portable Pizza Pouch. This contraption lets you carry a slice with you wherever you go so you’ll never be unprepared for the munchies.
But if you’re looking for healthy snacks, try baking your own veggie pizza. When you’re high, cooking can be a soothing, rewarding experience.
And making a pizza can introduce you to flavor combinations you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Let your mind run wild. Arugula and onion. Pineapple and black bean. Walnuts and cranberries.
If you do it right, pizza can become part of your healthy snacks arsenal. Making it yourself goes a long way.
You can use fresher ingredients and make it far less greasy than pies from the local pizzeria. Try using pita bread or other flatbreads as the base.
Ultimately, there’s nothing more enjoyable than feasting on the fruits of your labor. And there’s no more rewarding way to satisfy your munchies than a slice of piping hot za.