Snacking is something we’re prone to do. I’m an inveterate snacker. I tend toward constant snacks instead of meals. I know there’s really no way I’m going to stop eating snacks, so the best option for me is to eat healthy snacks instead of junk food. There are the normal foods that come to mind when you think of “healthy”: vegetables and fruit like carrots or grapes, small amounts of nuts or other nutrient-rich foods, maybe even some cereals. However, these foods don’t always satisfy my cravings for that particular something, be it sweet or salty. And sometimes those traditional healthy snacks just don’t cut it. Luckily for me, there’s a book for that!
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by Lara Ferroni explains how to make a boatload of tasty treats without the preservatives, chemicals, or junk ingredients that are present in most of our favorite snack foods. It’s broken into two main sections, sweet and salty, with additional information on how to substitute healthier ingredients and how to make some basic items from scratch (everything from cooking spray to vanilla extract to cheese powder).
The recipes in this book lead me to believe that most mass-produced snacks are actually easy to make, and we’ve just forgotten how to do it. My favorite recipe, homemade cereal bars, is impressively easy to make, tastes much better than my favorite commercially produced version, and includes [exactly] the ingredients I prefer. Most of the recipes even include easy instructions for making them vegan or gluten free! So, if you’re following a specialized diet you can still enjoy your favorite snacks without worry.
Now, with that said, these treats shouldn’t completely substitute for your small handful of almonds or celery sticks. Let this book be the corollary to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules- “#39: Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”