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.


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  1. Anna
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Yum! This sounds like a new snack that I will have to try… you are so right about the snacking and cravings! Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  2. Anna
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Yum! This sounds like a new snack that I will have to try… you are so right about the snacking and cravings! Have a great weekend! xoxo

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  3. mary beth
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    yes, i will have to try this snack mix. i also agree with the cravings. i really wanted something salty yesterday afternoon but had nothing on hand so i settled for candy (new years resolution not going so well) and didn’t satisfy my salty craving until dinner. have a good weekend!!

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  4. mary beth
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    yes, i will have to try this snack mix. i also agree with the cravings. i really wanted something salty yesterday afternoon but had nothing on hand so i settled for candy (new years resolution not going so well) and didn’t satisfy my salty craving until dinner. have a good weekend!!

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  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    this snack mix sounds perfect!

    I completely agree with you! I have to eat what I crave, or can’t get it out of head.

    Have a great weekend :)

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  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    this snack mix sounds perfect!

    I completely agree with you! I have to eat what I crave, or can’t get it out of head.

    Have a great weekend :)

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  7. Marie
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    YUM! I would love that snack! I always seem to want a snack when I don’t have anything around. Have a nice weekend!

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  8. Marie
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    YUM! I would love that snack! I always seem to want a snack when I don’t have anything around. Have a nice weekend!

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  9. taster
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    I tend to snack on what I want too…and then continue eating until – and then through – dinner. Mmmm…fooood…gooood.

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  10. taster
    Jan 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    I tend to snack on what I want too…and then continue eating until – and then through – dinner. Mmmm…fooood…gooood.

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  11. fittoindulge
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    Haha.. I know what you mean by ” you might as well eat the damn potato chips”! I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to skirt around the real thing and find myself eating EVERYTHING in the pantry, and then what I really wanted to begin with! Forget it. Just eat what you’re craving. Enjoy it. Savoir it, and get it over with! :)

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  12. fittoindulge
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    Haha.. I know what you mean by ” you might as well eat the damn potato chips”! I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to skirt around the real thing and find myself eating EVERYTHING in the pantry, and then what I really wanted to begin with! Forget it. Just eat what you’re craving. Enjoy it. Savoir it, and get it over with! :)

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  13. Chelsea Ward
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I agree with your cravings philosophy. I think it’s important to acknowledge and give into to certain cravings, otherwise you can end up eating everything in sight while trying to satisfy it. It’s much better just to have a small portion of what you’re actually craving. Also, I think that on a bio-mechanical level, your body has cravings for very good reasons. If you’re craving a burger or salt, your body might be saying, “Yo, my muscles want some friggin’ protein and sodium after that long run!”

    This snack mix not only looks great for nibbling on, but also a great snack bowl to make when having guests over.

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  14. Chelsea Ward
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I agree with your cravings philosophy. I think it’s important to acknowledge and give into to certain cravings, otherwise you can end up eating everything in sight while trying to satisfy it. It’s much better just to have a small portion of what you’re actually craving. Also, I think that on a bio-mechanical level, your body has cravings for very good reasons. If you’re craving a burger or salt, your body might be saying, “Yo, my muscles want some friggin’ protein and sodium after that long run!”

    This snack mix not only looks great for nibbling on, but also a great snack bowl to make when having guests over.

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    Jan 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

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    Jenna

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  16. Jenna
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    Hey! I just found your blog and I really like reading yours!
    I would love it if you could check out mine jennaelise.blogspot.com
    Jenna

    Reply

  17. Holly
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    this. is. genius.

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  18. Holly
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    this. is. genius.

    Reply

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