Look, I’m not above finishing an entire bag of Zapp’s Voodoo Chips in one sitting, and that’s on a normal day. But these are abnormal days, which means stress eating is high on my to-do list. Rather than going to town on a box of Ritz and American cheese (don’t judge me), I’ve been trying to reeducate my palette and eat “healthier” snacks. I’m not talking nuts and seaweed here, though they are tasty. These are the snacks that are just a slight upgrade from the everyday salty/sweet sustenance. Here are the pantry snacks that are helping me stress eat better.
My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream
I’ve always been a dessert after dinner person. These little ice cream dough balls are the perfect substitute for digging into a pint with a spoon. They’re soft and pillowy but still sweet and satisfying. Eat two of them and your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
Honestly, my boyfriend and I can’t keep bags of this in our apartment long enough. The salty-savoriness of this nutritional yeast-covered popcorn is the perfect replacement for potato chips. You can even lick your fingers after.
Popcorners White Cheddar
Speaking of popcorn and chips, Popcorners are a great alternative to regular popcorn, too. They’re like if popcorn and potato chips had a triangular baby. They’re airy but still solid and crunchy. The White Chedder is my favorite, but the Kettle Corn is a close second.
Calbee Harvest Snaps Caesar Green Pea Snack Crisps
I think I have an addiction to these. They're made from of green peas (hold on, don’t leave now) that have been dusted in bold flavors like Caesar, Southern Style BBQ, Wasabi Ranch and more. They don’t have a resealable bag though, which means eating them in one sitting is actually conservational.
Clif Whole Lotta Bars
These bars were made for snacking. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and honestly taste really great. You won’t feel like you’re eating a protein bar because that chalky weirdness is nowhere to be found.
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