The other day, I was grocery shopping at Loblaws and was struck by an intense craving for some salty snacks.
At first, I was going to reach for a bag of all-dressed chips or dill-pickle chips, but then I walked by the health-food and Asian sections and found some yummy snacks I wanted to try instead.
In this post, I’ll show you 3 of the Snacks I’m Munching On.
They’re all considered junk food, so don’t expect to see anything healthy. 😉
(In my defence…hehe, because I feel the strong need to ‘defend’ my snacking choices, I did buy a fresh-veggie platter for myself with broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and carrots. But when I went to put it in my fridge right after coming home from the grocery store, I tried to put it on the top rack. Thought it was secure, but I didn’t push it back far enough. Guess what? The platter fell onto the ground, the plastic lid popped open, and there were veggies all over my kitchen floor! I was frustrated because I didn’t feel right about rinsing them and eating them since they touched the dirty kitchen floor, so it’s a waste of food. Plus it was my only healthy snack…)
P.S. I’ll also show you a really cool frying pan I bought recently. It’s the cutest! (Yes, a frying pan can be cute – you’ll see!)
Okay, so it wasn’t my first time trying these Hapi Hot Wasabi Peas, but it has been a couple of years since I ate them.
If you like the burns-up-your-nose feeling that wasabi gives you when you eat it with sushi, you may like this. And if you want a snack that gives you that satisfying crunch, this will also be right up your alley.
I like eating these occasionally when I’m hungry, but I’m caught between meals. Because they’re hot (at least they’re hot to me – my level of heat tolerance is low to medium), it prevents me from eating the whole container in one sitting, even though it’s small.
I’m the type of person who munches on snacks the entire day and, if I were to eat traditional chips, I can literally eat half or the entire large bag at one go. Afterwards, all the oil makes me feel gross. So, I appreciate how this hot snack helps me not go overboard. It helps me not ruin my appetite for the upcoming meal.
It’s a little on the pricey side. I forget exactly how much I paid, but it was around $2 to $3 CAD for this little tin. (You can also buy it in a long tin in a size that’s maybe 3/4 the length of the Pringles chips can.)
Here’s what they look like.
Some green peas are coated more than others.
See the one on the bottom left that’s fully coated? Just eating one would send that burns-up-your-nose feeling. Clears the sinuses…haha! 😉 That’s what my dad used to joke about when he ate hot food. (I’m not sure if he ever liked or tried wasabi peas. I know that my mom doesn’t like them. She also doesn’t like eating chips.)
Speaking of chips, I couldn’t just hang up my hankering for them and be satisfied with wasabi green peas.
Sometimes I like to walk down the health-food aisle at Loblaws because they have stuff that I don’t usually eat.
(Sure, I sometimes eat organic food, but I’m not one of those people who only buys organic. Unfortunately, my finances can’t support that lifestyle. However, sometimes I treat myself to organic apples, and I definitely notice a big difference compared to regular, run-of-the-mill apples.)
These Garden Veggie Straws in the Rosemary and Olive Oil flavour caught my eye – partially because they were on sale and partially because I never ate them before.
They have no artificial flavours, no trans fat, and no preservatives!
There’s an original version in a green bag, but I got this because rosemary and olive oil are always a tasty combination in my mind.
These are delicious! Dangerously delicious! In fact, I pulverized this entire bag in a single sitting. This is one of those snacks where “you can’t just eat one”. It’s very addictive, and it’s fun to eat because they’re very crunchy.
They’re called straws because these pieces are hollow and look like rectangular straws. Very fun!
The back of the bag says that the portion you should eat is 68 straws. But, I didn’t count. I never do.
Here’s what they look like:
Finally, I caught sight of some Garlic Green Peas. I’ve only ever seen plain or wasabi green peas, so this was new to me.
I had to give them a go.
Inside the large pack were several portion-sized packs:
These peas are much smaller than the wasabi green peas I showed you earlier.
I really love garlic, so trying this was a must. The garlic flavour was there – not too intense and not mild, either. It was good, but I don’t think I’ll buy them again just because I like green-pea snacks where the peas are larger. It makes it easier to eat. (But, if I’m eating them at home, I could probably just use a spoon.)
So, those were some of things I’ve been munching on. Could you hear me crunching all the way from here? 😉
Lastly, I would like to show you something unrelated. Here’s a cute frying pan I picked up.
It’s perfect for frying a single egg. I love eating eggs in the morning, and I love putting them on bagels or English muffins as a breakfast sandwich. But, I strongly dislike having to pull out my large pan just for something so small.
This tiny little pan is ideal for those who are just cooking something very small for ourselves. 🙂
I’ve placed a full-size OPI nail polish in front of the pan so you can see just how small this cute little frying pan is! Awwwww!
(This reminds me of the pans I used to play “House” with in kindergarten. Haha, looks like I’m reverting back to being a child…except now I’m allowed to use the hot stove.) 😉
What snacks have you been chowing down on recently? Do you snack throughout the day? What is your favourite thing to munch on at work or at school?