I wanted to post what my favorite snack foods were when I was living in Canada, so you can get an idea of some of the different foods that you can snack on between meals that may be a little healthier and a little more beneficial to your body and your skin than what you may be used to.
Because lets face it, the easiest snack food to grab is a cookie or a chocolate bar. And that’s just not going to provide your body with any nutrients or nourishment.
It’s important to snack on healthy options for so many reasons. Of course my taste buds would love to snack on Kit Kats and cookies, but I know for a fact that these foods are not doing my body any favors. And they would cause a lot of havoc in my system, like feeding Candida, making me sluggish, the sugar high, clogging up my pores, a breakout, helping wrinkles form, etc.
So it’s great to snack on healthy alternatives like these instead …
1. Coquitos (or baby coconuts)
These mini coconuts are so adorable! They look exactly like grown up coconuts but they’re the size of walnuts. If you bite into one and crack it in half, it even looks exactly like a fully grown coconut.
Coconut is a super food, so I eat coconut products whenever I can. I don’t know if these baby coconuts are any better for you, but they’re raw and they taste good so that makes them an awesome snack food.
I like to snack on these like nuts, but you can add them to a salad or a smoothie. I bought these at Wholefoods.
2. Goji berries
I know you’ve heard of goji berries before and how they’re a superfood and very, very good for you. But have you ever bought them or even tried one?
I always thought goji berries were too expensive until I actually bought some from the bulk foods section at Wholefoods. You don’t eat a lot of goji berries at once so they’re actually very affordable. One packet of goji berries lasts me a very long time.
Every morning I throw a few goji berries into my porridge while it’s cooking, but my favorite way to eat goji berries is to grab a small handful and snack on them with some raw nuts. Sometimes I’ll peel a cacao bean and eat it with 2 goji berries. The berries take the bitterness away from the cacao bean and I’m mixing two superfoods together so that has to be a good thing.
Cacao beans are definitely an acquired taste, but I hear from the raw food community that a lot of beneficial foods are bitter so it’s a taste that’s definitely worth getting used to.
My first cacao bean did taste too strong for me, but the more I ate them the more I began to like their flavor. After a while I was grabbing a couple of beans and peeling them when I was bored. I now actually kind of like the flavor so eat them as a snack food.
But if you want to benefit from these beans and really can’t see yourself getting used to the flavor, then you can use them in your smoothies. You can just throw a couple of beans into your regular smoothie, or look for recipes online like this one of mine - Healthy chocolate berry smoothie.
And there’s no limit to how many cacao beans you can eat. These beans are so good for you, so eat as many as you can. They’re especially good for women during the time for PMT because they contain a lot of nature’s muscle relaxant - magnesium. In fact, David Wolfe sometimes pops a heap of cacao beans shortly before a yoga practice to benefit from the beans amazing muscle relaxant properties.
Well, that was my three favorite snack foods in Canada. I’m looking forward to getting back home to Brisbane in December so I can go back to my favorite health food stores and see what new fresh and snack foods they’ve got in store. Maybe I’ll have a new range of snack foods soon