Around 3:00, every afternoon, I get a hankering for something crunchy and salty. I’m sure there is some “recommended snack” to get rid of that craving, but for me, nothing gets rid of a craving like actually eating what you are craving. I used to fall prey to these snack suggestions – eat celery if you are craving potato chips. So I would eat celery. And then I would eat an apple. And then I would eat some crackers. And then finally, since I was still craving chips, I would eat some potato chips. Now, I’m not saying that eating celery and apples are a bad thing – those are great choices and obviously can’t hurt, but if you are eating an entire meal of snacks before actually calming your craving, you may as well just eat the damn potato chips in the first place.
With this, I think it is important to say that this works for me because I can eat a serving (ok, ok sometimes I have 2) of potato chips and then be done with them. Which I know does not come as easy for others.
Back to my salty, crunchy cravings – popcorn is a stand-by for me but every so often I like to make something a little special…enter in Ranchish Snack Mix.
Ranch Snack Mix
- 1 bag Bearitos Lite Organic Popcorn
- 1 bag Newman’s Own Protein Pretzels
- 1/2 box Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies
- 1 cup sesame sticks (bulk)
- 2 cups Asian rice crackers (bulk)
- 1 packet Organic Ranch seasoning
- Sprinkles of paprika, cayanne and garlic salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Mix olive oil and seasonings together. Toss with remaining ingredients in large roasting pan. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Stir and bake another 5-10 minutes until golden brown.