Lifestyle Sunday! Top 6 Healthy Snacks.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Lifestyle Sunday!

Do you every find yourself craving junk food in between meals? Do you go to the kitchen to grab chocolate, chips or any other junk food? If the answer to those questions is “yes”, don’t worry because I’ve got a solution to the problem. In my personal experience, I have noticed that I reach for those unhealthy snacks when I can’t think of anything else to eat. For years I would reach for a bag of chips because it is quick and convenient. However, that convenience is not always a good thing because this kind of food is not healthy. Now before any of you jump to the assumption that I eat healthy 24/7, that would be false. Just like any other person out there, occasionally, I enjoy a small bag of chips, chocolate bar or a slice of pizza. You can still eat the food you love, but in moderation and achieving that happens gradually. One day I started to brainstorm some snack ideas that do not require a lot of prep time, so I am going to share with you my six quick and easy snack ideas.

Let’s begin 🙂

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1. Veggies & Hummus!

This one is very easy to make, it is delicious and you have a variety of vegetables to choose from. I like to use cherry tomatoes and cucumbers with regular hummus, for the longest time I used to hate hummus, but now I find it appetizing. If you don’t like hummus, you can use ranch or spinach dip, whatever it is to your liking.  I like get a medium sized  plate, put the vegetables around the hummus. It is a satisfying snack because it has that savory kick you would want in a snack.

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2. Seasoned Seaweed and Fruit!

If you love the Asian flavor in foods, then this might be more up your alley! I like eating a lot of Asian food, but I recently also started liking seasoned seaweed. I like to get the sesame seed flavored packages or the ones that are sold at Costco. When I get my seaweed I put about 10 sheets onto a plate and in a small bowl I add some grapes or blueberries. I have discovered that those two fruits go well together with the seaweed. For beverages, I have water or a warm cup of green tea.

3. Kale Chips!

I like to refer to kale as the vegetable from the lettuce family, but with more of a bitter taste when it is eaten raw. I personally prefer to eat it raw, but I also love it as chips. If I feel like dedicating time to make my own kale chips I would, but I’m usually lazy so I buy it from the store. There so many different flavors, such as hemp cream & chive, cheddar, spicy curry lime, pink salt, red peppercorn ranch and so many more. I love eating the cheddar flavored one because it is so delicious and I love cheesy snacks. The brand I buy is Solar Raw Food, you can find it at any natural food store or any supermarket that sells organic products. If you live in Toronto, I recommend going to Fiesta Farms, it is one of my favorite grocery stores for organic food!

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4. Coconut Strips!

I made an amazing discovery at Costco last month and coconut lovers will be thrilled about this, I sure was. My routine when I go to Costco is to check every isle, in case I find something I want to buy. This time I discovered coconut strips, they taste amazing! I like to have some in a small bowl with some tangerines, both flavors go well together.

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5. Fruit Platter!

I am a huge sweets addict, luckily fruits are a great substitution for my craving. That’s why I prefer to make a fruit platter, but I try to be creative. The most recent fruit platter that I made consists of banana peanut butter sandwiches, strawberries and clementines. It is so so delicious and healthy for you. Natural sugar is the way to go!

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6. Quinoa Puffs and Applesauce!

I discovered quinoa puffs at work (I work in a daycare) and they are so yummy! I like to get the plain quinoa puffs because they taste better than the cinnamon and cocoa puffs. I pick two small bowls and fill them up with applesauce and quinoa puffs. It is a small snack, but it will make you feel you up until dinner or lunch time.

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I hope you enjoyed this healthy blog post, I am sure that in the future there will more snacks to add onto the list. However, for now this will suffice! Let me know which snack you will make at home 🙂

Have a peaceful Sunday and I’ll see you soon.

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Japanese Food Galore!

Hello everyone,

Last weekend I decided to go outside, despite the cold weather and visit my favorite Japanese grocery store, Sanko. I was so excited when I found this store last year and now all of the Japanese food I want is within arms reach. They have everything you want, curry, onigiri rice balls, ramen packs, Japanese sweets and kitchen utilities.

Today I want to share with you some of the stuff I bought, I usually enjoy reading or watching videos about Japanese food hauls, so I thought Japanese lovers will enjoy this too.

So let’s get started with this fun shopping haul!

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I think it’s safe to say that I am drooling as I am looking at this picture, well not really, but you guys get the point.

DSC00397This is sooo delicious, this is like a red bean pancake sandwich! Red bean sweets are a popular Japanese sweet treat and it doesn’t taste like beans at all. It has a nice sweet flavor that’s not super overpowering, like some American or Canadian sweets. They had other flavors too i.e. red bean with chestnuts, but I prefer the original.

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I love Japanese curry, the traditional curry is made with potatoes, carrots and a meat of your choice. Since I stopped eating meat, I make this with potatoes, carrots and of course we can’t forget about the rice. It is a  wholesome meal and it is mouthwatering!

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If I read the word crispy on a food package, then it will make its way into my shopping cart for sure! I love rice balls, but I got extra excited when I read they are crispy. I haven’t tried them yet, but when I do I will let know how they are (I bet they are going to be delicious!).

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Rice onigiri are very popular snack, they are rice balls wrapped in seaweed, if you go to Japan you can find them at convenience stores. Onigiri have different fillings, the ones I got are salmon, pickled mustard leaf, spicy tuna mayo and enoki mushrooms. They are so yummy and always buy at least seven or ten.

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This is another popular snack in Japan, dango is a sweet dumpling made with rice flower and it is often served with green tea. They are so chewy and sweet, the one I bought is mitarashi dango. Mitarashi dango is covered with sweet soy sauce glaze, you can’t taste the soy sauce at all. There also other kinds of dango, such as:

Hanami Dango. Hanami means flower viewing and this dango is made during the cherry blossom season in Japan. When the cherry blossoms bloom in the Spring, many people in Japan go to the park and to have a picnic. It really is lovely and a great way to spend some quality time with friends and family.
Goma Dango. Goma dango are rolled in sesame seeds and they have a red bean paste filling. They are the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Kibi dango. Kibi dango are made of millet flour, sticky rice flour and sugar.

These are just of few, but there are so much more.

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I usually get another  sesame salad dressing, but they didn’t have it in stock, so I bought this one instead. It is also tasty and it creamier than the other one I usually buy, it adds a nice flavor to salads.

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I squealed when I saw they had this at the store, this the very popular red bean snack called Taiyaki. Taiyaki can also have other fillings such as custard, chocolate, cheese or sweet potato. I’ve never had it and I am sooo excited to finally try it!

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I LOVE Pocky, the first time I ever had it was when I went to my second anime convention. Whenever I go to Sanko, I always buy a few boxes of Pocky and this time I wanted to try some new flavors. The Berry Carnival and Coconut Pocky are flavors I’ve never had before, I tried the berry carnival and it tastes amazing. I’ve had the almond crush and I love the combination of almonds and chocolate. As for the coconut Pocky, I still need to try it but I bet it tastes amazing.

DSC00405First of all, can we talk about the adorable packaging? I’m not going to lie, I bought these chocolate candies because of the packaging. However, I knew they would taste amazing and I was right. On the box it looks like the chocolates are covered with powdery chocolate, but they are not. They are tiny with an absolutely delicious strawberry filling, the chocolate is not too sweet and it does not overpower the taste of the strawberry. I need to go and restock soon, these are amazing.

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Yet again another yummy red bean dessert and these one have powdered sugar on top. The green one is green tea and I think the pink one is Sakura flavor, but I am not 100% sure. However, I am sure that these are so delicious! I’ve said that about every food item I posted, but it’s the truth.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, if you want to see more Japanese inspired post please let me know in the comments box.

Happy Friday and see you soon 🙂