After picking up some chips and salty snacks from the vending machines at work a few different times, I decided that even if I couldn’t find a snack that would perfectly fit my salty craving and my┬ádesire for a nutritionally healthy snack, that I could do better than chips from the vending machine. Preferably my snack would taste better too. So I tried some “Zen Party Mix” from Target and loved it. No it wasn’t 100% whole grain or full of protein and fiber, but it did a great job of satisfying that salty craving I get every afternoon.

This last weekend, during my trip to the store, I hoped that The Wedge would have something similar. They didn’t. But they did have some bulk rice crackers and sesame sticks. And I had almonds and wasabi peas at home. And now that I’ve got my own perfect ratio of ingredients, I love my Zen mix even more than the Target version.

Let’s just hope I can ration it out to last me through the week.

Asian Snack Mix - makes about 9 cups

  • 3 cups rice cracker mix
  • 3 cups sesame sticks
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (I would probably add 3 cups next time)
  • 1 1/2 cups wasabi peas

Combine all ingredients and mix.

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    I wish I could shop at The Wedge regularly! I love that store. My brother and SIL live near Lake of the Isles, so I make it a regular stop when I’m visiting.
    Your snack mix looks delicious. Wasabi peas and almonds sound like a winning combo.


    • Emily
      Jan 11, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      When you come visit MN next, we should plan a shopping trip at the Wedge :)


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    This looks amazing! I can eat those sesame sticks by the handful :)


  3. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    that’s weird that the wedge didn’t have a mix like that… the linden hills co-op does!


  4. Mr. & Mrs. P
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    LOVE IT!!! Buzzed it of course!


  5. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    Your snack mix looks fantastic! I LOOOOOOOVE rice crackers.

    And no worries about the iguana tamale comment — I’m a very laid-back vegetarian. I went veg for health and environmental reasons, not animal rights! I feel people have a right to eat meat if they want to, as long as the meat was cared for humanely when it was alive, and was killed in a safe and respectful way. I’ve just never cared for meat, so becoming a veg was an easy choice for me! :)


    • Emily
      Jan 11, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

      Ok, good! Right after I wrote it I realized that might be disturbing to people!!!


  6. Jen @ She said. She said.
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Looks delish. I might do that for our Oscar party. I don’t have luck with portion control with snacks like that so I need to wait until there is a crowd! :)


  7. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    It’s so good to hear I’m not alone in my afternoon salt cravings!! I sometimes just have to give in and steal some of my husbands cheese its! This looks like a much better alternative!


  8. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    How fun! And tasty! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who gets salty afternoon cravings…


    • Emily
      Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

      I swear it is every single day!!!


  9. Kristin @ FoodFash
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    What a great idea! There are always leftover pieces at the bottom of the package that I don’t care for…


  10. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    That is such a great idea! I love homemade snackies!!! :)


  11. janetha @ meals and moves
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    mmm, awesome. i love wasabi peas so much!


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