Behind The Butter

a good snack

I’ll admit it, I’m a habitual snacker. I could never be one of those people who only ate three meals a day. I’d die from hunger or sheer boredom.

However, I don’t keep any “trashy snacks” around my house. The definition of “trashy snacks” might differ from me to you, but I consider “trashy snacks” to be anything overly processed or full of white sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. That includes store bought cookies, protein bars, cheeze-its, triscuits, “snack packs”, 100 calorie packs, sugary yogurts, bakery muffins and rich coffee drinks.

So what does that leave me?

Whole Grain Strawberry Pop-Tart Scones

Yogi Trail Mix Bars

Soft Baked Fig Cereal Bars

Vegan Chunky Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Double Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars <—-my personal fav!

Cheddar Jalapeno Hummus + sprouted wheat english muffin

Carrot Cake Muffin Bar

Cinnamon Toast Muffin with peanut butter

Piece of fruit (apple, mango, orange) with raw almonds

Whole grain waffle topped with almond butter and raspberry preserves

Apple or banana with peanut butter

Frozen banana soft serve with peanut butter swirled in


Homemade trail mix

What are your favorite snacks? Tell me, tell me!








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  • Chloe (South Beach Girl)
    June 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I am absolutely obsessed with Trader Joe’s hummus and will eat it on mostly everything. My go to dippers are carrots, but I also love to smear it on some toast and top it with avocado and tomato.
    String cheese & nuts also are great snacks for me, I tend to want savory & salty over sweet snacks.

    • Em
      June 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Me, too, Chloe. LOVE Trader Joe’s hummus. So many flavors!

  • Jenny K.
    June 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m new to your blog, but really loving it!
    My favorite (healthy) snacks are: low fat string cheese, cucumber slices with hummus, whole wheat english muffin w/ peanut butter, Greek yogurt with honey and fruit added, cinnamon roasted almonds, spicy roasted chickpeas. Your list sounds great and I’ll have to put some of those recipes on my to-do list!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    June 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I love Greek yogurt and fruit, smoothies, nuts and sneaking handfuls of granola πŸ™‚

  • Jenna H
    June 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    my favorite snack is definitely in your “trashy” category. it’s a Luna protein bar. Yes, it’s processed and high in sugar, but it fills me up and I eat nothing but whole unprocessed foods the rest of the day. And I have no interest in giving it up. It’s all about balance πŸ™‚

  • Aggie
    June 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’m a snacker too. Big time. Hummus, triscuits and sugar snap peas are my favorite but if I’m in the mood for something sweet it’s gotta be greek yogurt, frozen blueberries and a drizzle of pb on top. It’s like really really good for you fro-yo.

  • Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips
    June 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    My absolute favourite snack is medjool dates, either stuffed with peanut butter/chocolate peanut butter if I’m in the mood for sweet, or stuffed with goat’s cheese if I’m in the mood for savoury. So good!

    I also love the usual handfuls of dried fruit & nuts, houmous with raw veg, nut butters with fruit etc…I love to snack! πŸ™‚

    I should start baking snacks more though so that the whole family can enjoy them. Some of your recipes look great…love the look of the strawberry pop-tart scones, sure my fiancΓ© would love those! πŸ™‚

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    June 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Always raisins and almonds. They just never get old!

  • Maris (InGood Taste)
    June 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I am a cheese and cracker snacker but I love your round up of snacks!

  • Julie - StressStories
    June 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    If I had it around and didn’t have to worry about garlic breath, I think I would eat TONS of hummus! But I only make small quantities at a time, because of said problem with garlic – and my hummus have to have garlic πŸ™‚
    Otherwise my favourite snacks are actually salty and meaty ones. A leftover piece of cold chicken or bread with salted Danish butter – yummy.
    I think I consider most sweet things not so much snacks as treats, so most of what you’ve posted are treats in my book. Homemade granola bars are heavenly snacks though. Once again I cannot make too many in one batch, as I wolf them down like a crazy woman. Hmmm… It seems that there’s a pattern with the eating here…

    Thanks for the snacking inspiration. I need to try those fig bars stat!

  • Em
    June 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm


    Im obsessed with almond butter on really ripe bananas. I have it for breakfast as well as snacks and sometimes (if I ran out of almond butter and just bought some, after not having had it for a while) I literally cant sleep im so excited about having it in the morning.


    But yeah, I feel you on the fruit/ nuts.

    Quick question I was wondering – do you think you will get a pup? Do you have any specific breed in mind? I think we may be getting bulldog – not the Rottweiler I am so desperate get from Rottweiler rescue, but hubby is putting his foot down. I was re-reading your old posts and kept seeing photos of one. Does he live locally?

    Seems like a dog would be very compatible with your lifestyle!

    Take care! xx

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    June 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    What are sugary yogurts?

    • jenna
      June 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      yogurts with lots of sugar?

      • Baking 'n' Books
        June 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        ha! πŸ™‚

        • Baking 'n' Books
          June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

          Wait?! What?! I didn’t even comment on this post and just scrolled down – and my name is there??

          Jenna – is your comment section going weird again?? πŸ™

          Also – I love hummus, veggies, Almond butter and apple butter on bread is my fave…and ice cream πŸ˜‰

          I would caution against saying “trashy snacks” – yeah, I know processed stuff is crap – but if someone wants to eat a bakery muffin or some oreos once in a while…it’s not fair to call it “trash” πŸ™

          Just hate stigma that’s all. All things in moderation. No such thing as “bad” or “good”. To be fair – a lot of people might say bad things about the sugar and butter in your desserts….

          Not me – I like butter πŸ™‚

    • Jessica
      June 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

      You’d be surprised at how much sugar/carbs/high fructose corn syrup are in what are considered “Light” yogurts…i shudder at the thought.

  • Lizzie
    June 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Snacks? Yes please!! I share the same philosophy as you do when it comes to the 4th (or 5th or 6th) most important meal of the day πŸ™‚ I actually just had some of Angela’s mac n’ cheeze reheated and Kashi’s answer to cornflakes. But I love fruit, a piece of fresh bread or toast w/ PB, hummus with whatever, banana bread (homemade or from the bakery down the street), and now possibly one of your suggestions above. The other snack is to strike Wholefoods at the right time for free samples!! πŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I love Greek yogurt, Pure bars, Glo bars, Bonk Breaker bars, or 1 packet of oatmeal made with water (enough to make it voluminous and then I let it sit in the fridge for a bit so it gets thick)… yum πŸ™‚ Any of these snacks keep me fueled for hours of dance practice.

  • Haute Teapot
    June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Homemade s’mores….mmmm. πŸ˜‰

  • Tamar
    June 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    -sliced apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon (and lemon juice sometimes)
    -avocado on toast
    -carrots sticks with hummus or mashed up avocado
    -stovetop popcorn with coconut oil and nutritional yeast
    -rice cakes with nut butter and sometimes jam (have you tried June Taylor’s? They are out of this world!)

  • Tracie
    June 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I most often snack on apple slices with almond butter, a handful of raisins and raw almonds, or carrot sticks with a slice of cheese. I’m loving the looks of those fig bars, though, and will be trying those out soon!

  • Samantha
    June 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I have recently run across your blog and have been reading your it for about a month now. I really enjoy reading it, and it has really made me more aware of my diet and what I’ve been eating. I have also made a few of your recipes and they have turned out fabulous ! thanks =)

    My favorite snack is anything with peanut butter or bananas. I also love popcorn!

  • Sasha
    June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I am a BIG snacker! I love apples and cheese. So simple, but delish! Or apples and almond butter.

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’m a expert snacker! I snack all day long. I like larabars, hummus, greek yogurt with fruit and of course homemade cupcakes when on hand!

  • jane
    June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    um so i was just the one above who wrote “ha! :-)….but it came out as someone else…and all her info was up on my screen. not sure what that is about. just wanted to say yummy snack. and i know in the past i have somewhat felt that you were just trying to continuously say “im skinny and i eat all this” because you have changed tremendously from your old way of writing the blog. but in fact, i love it. i mean healthy stuff is great. but there’s a time and a place, right? i always try to eat somewhat healthily (is that a word?) and exercise, but if a night comes along when all my friends want to go one 3 too many drinks at the bar the night before im supposed to do a training run or whatnot, i go with the bar….you only live once! so keep on keepin on!

    • jenna
      June 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Amen sister πŸ™‚

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    June 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I could never just eat 3 meals either! I’d starve to death.

    I guess my usual snacks are:
    greek yogurts w/ pumpkin or sunflower seeds
    bananas/seasonal fruits
    hummus w/ veggies — love your cheddar jalapeno hummus!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    June 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My go to snack right now: akmak crackers schmeared with goat cream cheese topped with freshly cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes or sriracha & lots of garlic powder.

    • Emma
      June 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Mmmm akmak is so yummy! I usually eat them plain because I love them so much, but that sounds delicious…must try.

  • Natalie
    June 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’m kinda obsessed with your yogi trail mix bars! I’ve made a batch the last 3 Sunday’s so I have a bar for my 9am snack at work! All my co workers make fun of my “healthy food”, but once they take a bite of the bars, they love them too!

  • Rachel in NC
    June 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I try not to keep “trashy” snacks either, but I do have to defend Triscuits, at least the non-flavored ones. They only have three ingredients (wheat, oil, salt) which isn’t too bad compared to most processed crackers. Plus, they are yummy with cottage cheese. πŸ™‚

    I keep string cheese, fruit, nuts, etc. I love an apple or banana with a smear of peanut butter!

    • Ashley
      June 8, 2011 at 3:24 am

      Thank you- i was going to defend triscuits too! They are a good snack!

    • Em Marie
      June 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Triscuits with cottage cheese and string cheese, fruit, nuts, and PEANUT BUTTER are my go-to snacks as well!!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    June 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Mmm:) I love those banana chocolate bars too!!
    I love trail mix, hummus n veggies, and hummus n crackers.

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    June 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I love apples and peanut butter, bananas and peanut butter, cheese and crackers and yogurt with almonds or pretzels mixed in!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    June 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    You’re my hero!! I have been getting bored of my normal snack routine, and these snack ideas will be such an awesome way to freshen it up. πŸ™‚

    (My go-tos are fresh fruit like apples, grapes, and sliced strawberries, or veggies like baby carrots with peanut butter.)

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    June 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Cheese! Just cheese. πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    June 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Right now my fave snack is cottage cheese with strawberries, almonds, and then a drizzle of honey! (actually a few huge drizzles of honey!) haha mmmm…It is sooo good:) or the same toppings with vanilla yogurt! Although sometimes I just like a banana drizzled with chocolate sauce and peanut butter. That is delicious also!

  • Alli
    June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My mom got me super into ricotta on toast with plenty of black pepper, and now I’m obsessed!

  • Laura
    June 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I try to avoid keeping trashy snacks around too. They never satisfy my cravings or keep me filled very long, plus the ingredients just look gross. My favorites are carrots and peanut butter, cherry tomatoes and hummus, bananas and peanut butter and occasionally peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s and Publix.

  • HilaryJo
    June 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Tortilla chips (lime ones are the BEST)
    Hummus and salsa with carrots (wayyy too many carrots…3lbs a week)
    Cookie/muffin hybrid….yummy.
    As always, chocolate chips/anything chocolate
    Walnuts with honey
    Frozen peas
    Most importantly: PEANUT BUTTER! In my 1st 8 weeks of marriage, I ate 7 jars of pb…good thing we registered for it πŸ™‚

    Errrrrrrr I definitely snack more than I eat at meals…

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    June 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I know it’s very elementary school, but I love ants-on-a-log.

  • Mary @ stylefyles
    June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’m a big time snacker too, but I don’t discriminate. I should be healthier, like you though =)

    Currently snacking on almonds, and I just finished an apple, soooo I’m pretty proud of myself at the moment. I sort of started to snack on chips earlier, but they didn’t taste that good so I put the kabosh on that one.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    June 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I just posted yesterday about tons of snacks and foodie swag I received while I was in Aruba for 3 weeks. My fave snacks? the kind that are free or someone else handmakes in their kitchen πŸ™‚

    No seriously, I love easy and simple. Fruit, veggies, raw, with dips and spreads. And handfuls of chocolate chips to wash it all down with πŸ™‚

    I also have an assortment of raw/nobake vegan or vegetarian cookie dough bites and balls in all flavors and varieties in my freezer at all times so i can just shop in my own kitchen, or freezer, as needed!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    June 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    My favorite snacks are homemade granola or any type of bars! I also love snacking on fresh or dried fruit and nuts/nut butters.

  • Sarah @OC2Seattle
    June 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    My snacks are pretty routine – almonds or an apple with TJ’s almond butter, maybe some strawberries. Your list is giving me new ideas though . . .

  • Gina (Yogattude)
    June 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    My go-tos are hummus with anything and apple or banana with almond butter. I’m kinda sorta getting sick of these snacks and am looking for new inspiration! Maybe I’ll try some of your homemade bars!

  • gia
    June 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    No to Triscuits?? Love them! And lots of others rec’d.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    June 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Love larabars. they are my go-to for work days. hummus and veggies, greek yogurt and fruit are other favs.

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    June 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Lately I’ve been eating alot of fruit & cheese as snacks….or a piece of ezekiel with some almond butter and polaner all fruit.

    But I do secretly love triscuits πŸ˜‰

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    June 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I’m a definitely snacker – and I do a lot of popcorn or fruits or hummus.

  • jenna k
    June 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    i’m HUGE on snacking. the past two semesters (and the one coming up), i’ve had days of five straight hours of classes. that = me snacking hardcore. i always just laugh and say you could feed a developing country from my backpack… but it’s true! and my snacking is about to continue as i start up my job of notetaking for summer classes.

    i’ve recently fallen completely in love with pecan pie larabars. for a more savory snack, i love cottage cheese with a side of nature’s pride toast. and i just made spinach artichoke dip inspired by emily (daily garnish). mmm!
    and i love kiwis right now. and fage 2% with honey or strawberry jam. and dried fruit of any kind. and smoothies/green monsters. and a zillion other things! dang it, jenna- now i want a snack! πŸ™‚

  • Mrs. Puma
    June 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I also vote for baby carrots dipped in hummus like some other commenters. I love trail mix, so much so that we had a trail mix buffet as our wedding favors (play on the candy buffet). Quaker makes these 100 calorie rice snack packs in cinnamon streusel that are amazing!

  • Mary (Mary, Quite Culinary)
    June 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I LOVE crunchy snacks. Popcorn with parmesan has been my favorite lately.

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    June 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Dang, so many delicious snack ideas! I’m such a snacker πŸ™‚ I need to eat every few hours or I get crankkkky! Or maybe that’s just my excuse to have snacks πŸ˜‰

  • Meredith
    June 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I LOVE your yogi trail mix bars! (And strangely enough, my guy friends won’t stop eating them either! I literally get phone calls every day asking me to make them again!) They are just so yummy.

    For a quick snack I also like edamame. It gives you a vege serving too!! I also enjoy Clif Bars- they win out over Lara Bars for me every time.

    Thank you for everything you post- I love your creations and your joy of baking really, really chocolaty desserts πŸ™‚

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    June 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Snacks for me — fruit with nuts, fruit with hard boiled egg, fruit and oatmeal, veggies with hummus and salsa, eng muffin with PB, etc. Nothing too exciting!

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Definitely garlic hummus with mini baby carrots:)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I’m a big snacker too. My favourites are Greek yogurt with berries, fruit, super charge me cookies, banana soft serve, and homemade granola bars (especially Anne P’s no bake ones!). πŸ˜€

  • Mellie
    June 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Ugh, I eat too many “trashy” snacks. A lot of them are not processed but they still have sugar and saturated fat. I do love fresh fruits and nut butters and hummus!

  • Aja
    June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    If I could eat snacks for forever I would die a happy girl. I love putting peanutbutter on any kind of fruit, mainly apples and bananas. Yummy. I love the list of snacks here. I need to add more to my own list of choices (it’s an imaginary list in my head).

  • katie
    June 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    blue corn tortilla chips dipped in hummus and pasta sauce. trust me.

  • Rachel
    June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I’m the same as you! I snack all day long. I usually try to abide by the 3 meals a day, 3 snacks a day rule. πŸ™‚ Three of my favorite snacks as of late: 1.) Fruit, topped with Stonyfield Farm Vanilla Yogurt, topped off with some Cascadian Farm organic Oats and Honey granola (YUM!). 2.) Voortman Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Flaxseed cookies and 3.) Anderson’s Peanut Butter filled pretzel nuggets.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I am a hard core snacker as well. My husband eats 3 meals a day – I don’t know how he does it. Once my meal is over, I’m already looking forward to my next snack!! I love granola, trail mix, nuts+raisins, gree yogurt, fruit… you get the picture.

  • Melissa
    June 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    It’s so funny because as soon as I wake up all I want is breakfast and coffee. My boyfriend is the complete opposite and gets so annoyed when I try and make breakfast and force it upon him. I mean come on…it’s one of the best meals of the day πŸ˜‰

    My go to snack is an apple, cut up, sprinkled with cinnamon and a big spoonful of peanut butter to dip!

  • Brielle
    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I am OBSESSED with those vegan double banana chocolate chip breakfast bars. They are incredible! I also love greek yogurt with berries and a little bit of honey. Or almond butter with Kashi 7 grain crackers!

  • French Heart
    June 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Snacks I like:
    -Whole Foods or TJs organic vanilla low fat yogurt (in the large containers not the wasteful chemical laden little cups) with variety of chopped organic fruits (I cut up a bunch of different things and store in fridge in glass bowl, not plastic) for breakfast smoothie or snack) and 10 or less almonds or walnuts (10=180 calories)
    -Or a small tin of sardines, kippered herring, or smoked oysters
    -Or tomato slice with chopped fresh basil and fresh mozzarella cheese
    -Or 2 hard-boiled eggs
    -Or fresh dates
    -Or small handful of pumpkin seeds
    -Or white cheddar on 1 slice of Udi gluten free bread w/organic brown rough mustard and grill this
    -Or blue cheese, walnut, chopped endive w/little bit of olive oil
    -Or a few kalamata olives out of the jar

    Never have crackers, anything processed, boxed, sweetened etc. Rarely have snacks anymore…as try to stick to 2 healthy meals a day since quit running a few years ago can’t eat as much as if not burning up calories on 6M+ run.

    GOOD news is got a personal trainer to get vertigo under control so can run again–which I loved. Was SOOOO inspired by this grandma at 73!!!! Who has run 8 marathons, 10 miles a day run, etc. :

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    June 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I love apples, trail mix, baby carrots, tortilla chips, and Cheez-its for real ;).

    I have to have my bedtime snack before bed! I think your homemade pop-tarts look delicious!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I think I’d rather have YOUR snacks than any pre-packaged crap! Yes, crap.

  • Kath
    June 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Bakery muffins!!! πŸ™ Ours are real food at least!

    • jenna
      June 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      okay well only yours!!! πŸ˜‰

      • Lorin
        June 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        Yeah, I feel like bakery muffins is a real general term. Because some bakeries are whole wheat with honey for sweetening.

  • meredith
    June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i normally would say a banana with peanut butter is my favorite snack… but after seeing the jalapeno cheddar hummus recipe, i may have to change my mind!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    June 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    My fave snacks are green monsters topped with a bunch of cereals and granolas, homemade muffin tops, rice cakes with PB and carrots, humus and veg+yogurt and granola, cracker plates and fruit, and fruit with peanut flour to name a few!

  • Kelsey @ A Piece of Kelsey
    June 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I LOVE snacks! I usually go with veggies and hummus or ranch dip made with of greek yogurt, fruit, peanut butter spoons (childhood fave!) or maybe a small fro yo πŸ™‚

  • Em
    June 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I will probably never tire of oatmeal with peanut butter as a favorite snack.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life
    June 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    You already listed some of my favorite snacks: banana soft serve, hummus + bread, trail mix. My guilty pleasure is homemade sweet potato fries.. mmmm! I’m also a habitual snacker. More food to my face more frequently? Yes, please!

  • Khushboo
    June 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I 100% agree with your take on snacks. Lately I’ve been loving:

    *Carrot+cucumber sticks w homemade yogurt dip

    *Peanut butter mousse (greek yog mixed w pb)

    *Fruit (lately green apples or pineapple) w toasted almond flakes or few squares of Lindt 70%..or both πŸ˜‰

    *Nak’d bars (UK equiv to Larabars)

    *Cottage cheese + cantaloupe

    *Yogurt bowls

    *Mini oatmeal pancakes made with oats, egg whites+topped w pb+mashed banana

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots
    June 8, 2011 at 3:36 am

    My absolute favorite are caprese sticks! Mozzarella ball, cherry tomato and a leaf of basil on a toothpick. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. YUM!

    • Christy
      March 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Obsessed. With a glass of wine at the end of the day? Nothing better than that!

  • Christine @ Burning It Off
    June 8, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I’m a chronic snacker but I (usually) snack pretty healthy. My typical snacks are things like almonds, greek yogurt and berries, smoothies, fruit and vegetables with hummus. Occasionally, I’ll have a Kashi bar or a Vita muffin but I try to stick to natural food most of the time.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    June 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I’m an habitual snacker too – love what your “left with” to snack on! Waaaay better than Cheez-its.

  • Fancy
    June 8, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Great post! Smoothie—banana, milk, peanut butter, honey. Delicious and keeps me full for hours!

  • Rebecca
    June 8, 2011 at 5:15 am

    You snacks all sound great. For snacks, I’ve recently been obsessed with carrots on top of sesame rye crackers with salsa, almond butter on banana, baked goods (muffins and scones from my baked stock or the local bakery), smoothies, yogurt, cereal, apples, avocado and edamame.

  • rachael
    June 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I am a snacker too. Hummus & whatever dipping agent I have on hand is my go to snack of choice.

    Loving all the vegan recipes lately (and the comments about how Adam is handling the change)! My husband tells our story in one sentence- “I went to the bar for a burger and came home with a vegetarian.” πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    June 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Typical snacks for me: Yougurt w/ granola. Crackers and cheese. Chips and any dip. Assorted fruits.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    June 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I’m really trying to quit Clif Bars due to their long ingredient list but quickly got sick of Lara Bars every day! Lately I’ve been loving Fage 2% with honey, cinnamon and a 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s bakery granola. I’m eating it as I type :).

  • Jen Papaya
    June 8, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I completely forgot about banana softserve!

  • Bethany
    June 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Trader Joe’s trail mix, any variety. Oh My Omega makes me feel good about myself, but there’s this one that makes me think of Hawaii…totally can’t remember the name and I just threw the bag out yesterday, but it’s got dried cranberries and almonds and macadamia nuts and cashews and dried pineapple and BLISS. Best. Snack. Ever.

  • poptartyogini
    June 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

    as a poptart lover, i don’t consider myself “trash” when i eat them or think that i have “trashy” eating habits. my dietitian doesn’t either. i don’t think you meant to imply people who eat what you consider to be “trashy” foods are “trash”, but my heart sank a little when i read it.

    • allison
      June 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

      seconded. love the blog but the use of “trashy” here was pretty obnoxious. sometimes i want something to munch on without having to turn my kitchen upside down, and triscuits are delicious!

    • jenna
      June 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Of course I don’t mean people that eat so called “trashy” food to be trash. That’s like saying someone who does something stupid (me, all the time) to BE stupid. I never said that. I also put in to that post the definition of “trashy” food is probably different depending on the person”.

      So sorry what I said was taken out of context.

  • Ellen
    June 8, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Some of my faves:
    -Almond butter banana soft serve
    -Hummus (love it!) w/toast or veggies
    -Almond/peanut butter toast
    -Raw milk (full glass πŸ˜‰
    -Raw cheese
    -Yogurt (plain w/granola, fruit, etc)
    -Homemade smoothies (fruit, banana, spinach=great summer treat)
    -Guacamole/sliced avocado on toast
    ………..And *any* summer veggie or fruit (ESPECIALLY watermelon!)

  • lena
    June 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

    my to go snack, apple or fruits with plain yogurt, string cheese, french toast & coffee, a bowl of pb oats or a PB sandwich! πŸ™‚

  • amyt @ Chicken Nugget Momma
    June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    peanut butter stuffed pretzels – baby carrots (just plain…I love the crunch!) I also like to carve things in them with my teeth. I also like a good crisp apple – I also like icecream and chocolate if those are considered snacks…shoot who am I kidding – at times I call those meals!

  • Whitney
    June 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m new to your site and am loving it! Since I’m also Bay Area-based I’ll tell you my favorite snack is Wallaby Yogurt (especially the peach or vanilla flavor) and fresh fruit from the Farmers’ Market. Wallaby is made around Napa Valley but sold in Whole Foods and other specialty markets around the area. I’m so going to miss it when my husband and I move to South Carolina at the end of this summer. It’s all-natural, low-fat and so creamy. Adding fruit or low-sugar granola tricks me into thinking I’m eating a fabulous dessert when really, it’s completely healthy!

    • Whitney
      June 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Out of curiosity I checked the Wallaby site and it turns out they now distribute around the US -including the Whole Foods just minutes from my new home! Although it won’t be a “local” choice anymore -I am so excited that I can continue to enjoy it!

  • Skinny Fat Kid
    June 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Skinny Fat Kid is OBSESSED with an apple with almond butter. He eats one every night as long as he has both ingredients.

    I’m happy with some Sabra hummus and lower-salt triscuits! For some reason, Sabra just tastes way better!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    June 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Does a plethora of cheese count as a snack as long as it comes with fruit? πŸ˜‰
    hummus, veggie sticks, fruits, trail mix, homemade granola bars, dates, pickles. . .

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    June 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    As a fellow snacker, I love this post! My favorite snack is a small bowl of cereal or a few slices of brick chesse and apples.

  • MMiller
    June 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I am a total snacker! I prefer snacking over larger meals! I do however, need to eat better snacks! My current almost daily snack is CHEEZ-ITS! Yes, one of the no no’s on your list! I am perfectly happy having a handful or two of cheez=its instead of a meal! I need to get back to my apples and Peanut butter snack days!

  • Samantha
    June 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Found your blog after it was mentioned in “Health” magazine (congratulations!). Such a fan of the recipes, photography, writing–OK, everything. I also appreciate all the tips you give for blogging in general. Very helpful for someone like me who is getting back into it.

  • Susan
    June 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Wasa bread with peanut butter and honey. For some reason PB on toast is a meal to me, but put it on a Wasa bread and it’s an instant snack πŸ˜‰

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    June 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    OMG u don’t like “sugary yougourt” and protein bars……but day in and day out you show us pictures of your baked goods loaded with butter and sugar and it’s all good right? Wow confusing!

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    June 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I totally understand what you mean about healthy snacks. I focus on keeping REAL food in the house & cooking from scratch for my hubby and 3 girls. I don’t buy processed food if I can help it. But even if I make or bake something with butter or sugar or other sweetener, I know it will still be better for my family because I know what’s in it.

    And unlike the processed foods it won’t have high fructose corn syrup, any preservatives and red dye 40, yellow dye 1, yellow dye 5, blue dye whatever…etc, etc. It will have freshly ground whole wheat flour instead of refined, bleached white flour. And most times honey granules or honey instead of sugar.

    It’s great to strike a balance, and I know you weren’t slamming anyone…we all have our “bad” (or trashy) foods we want now and then (I love ice cream…and dark chocolate…and the occasional frito!), but as long as we try to balance and keep them as treats, get in our exercise, and watch our portions….then why not treat ourselves. Life is TOO short!!

    This newly turned 40 yr old has finally finished tweaking my real food habits, and think I’ve found a way to eat that will help me get off thse last 10 pounds and keep them off for good. Even with my foodie, butter & bacon lovin’ ways πŸ™‚ It’s all good…..and life is meant to be enjoyed!! Carry on……Jenna! You’re doing great!!

  • Jessica Dooper
    May 28, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Hey, I stumbled upon this blog while browsing the internet and I love it!

    Personally, I love wholemeal pita bread toasted in the oven with homemade hummus spread over the top. Delicious!

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