You just smoked a kief-encrusted joint made with sticky, blue-violet Purple Kush nugs. You’re high. You’re hungry, which comes as no surprise. This particular batch seems to stimulate your appetite like no other. The temptation to heat up last night’s pizza delivery or to make a run for one of your go-to fast food munchies is strong, but you’re trying to get fit and stay healthy, because you know balance is the key to harmony. To satisfy your hunger and show your body love, feast on these five delicious and nutritious snacks.
It’s rumored that fresh coconut water—right from the coconut, not the can—was used in wartime to replenish and revitalize tired soldiers. Botanically, coconuts are a drupe—not a nut, but a type of stone-fruit. The fleshy insides can be scooped out for a salubrious snack full of healthy vitamins and minerals. You can even use raw coconut on your skin or hair as an excellent moisturizer. Coconuts’ versatility is noted in its Sanskrit name, where a coconut tree is referred to as “kalpa vriksha,” or “the tree which provides all the necessities of life.” Keep a few fresh coconuts chilling in the fridge and crack them open for some incredibly cool, hydrating coconut water when you’re looking for a tasty, super-food refreshment.
Pickling involves a fermentation process like the creation of yogurt, wine, and beer. During the fermentation of fresh, miniature, crunchy cucumbers, a brine of healthy probiotic bacteria is created which helps replenish our body’s flora. This process is totally natural and it’s a tradition revered by civilizations all over the world. It’s believed we absolutely need fermented foods and the healthy probiotics created by the fermentation process to fully thrive.
The next time you’re out buying some dills, look for a brand that’s “raw,” meaning unpasteurized, as the heating processes used in all types of pasteurization can kill many of the beneficial probiotics. Raw sauerkrauts also use a fermentation process involving all manners of vegetables, from cabbage to brussel sprouts and beyond, and they make a great substitution if cucumbers aren’t your thing. If you can’t find these products at your local grocer, you can order them online...or make your own. It’s super easy and a quick search will yield hundreds of recipes to choose from. Pickling and fermentation are two of the oldest culinary techniques known to humankind.
Also known as the alligator pear because of its alligator-like skin and its pear-like shape, the avocado is a species of fruit which, biologically, most closely resembles a large berry. And they’re berry awesome. Mostly comprised of monounsaturated fat, the avocado is good fat, has a creamy consistency and is both filling and incredibly healthy. Eating one or two is a fantastic option for post-sesh hunger. Avocados leave you satisfied and well-nourished. They’re also great in smoothies or over a bowl of freshly steamed rice.
The cashew seed of the cashew fruit, most simply called a cashew, is used as a snack and also a base for an incredible array of world cuisines. Blending cashews with a bit of water yields cashew cream—a vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy alternative to butter, yogurt, and milk-cream. With some extra tinkering and added spices, cashew cream can become curry sauce and even cashew cheese, which is a yummy, healthy alternative to fattening cow’s cheese. Simply sautéing eight ounces of raw cashews over medium heat in a tablespoon of peanut oil yields an amazing and warming roasted cashew snack. As they come out of the pan, dust them with fresh chopped chilies and salt—you’ll have something resembling one of the most popular snacks in Southeast Asia.
Few things in life are as soothing as the sweet citrusy aroma of a freshly-peeled orange. The essential oils in its skin are comprised of terpene compounds similar to those that, typically, make up the citrusy aroma of limonene-heavy strains of cannabis like Key Lime Pie and Tangie Haze. The scent, like aromatherapy, helps mitigate anxiety and is both calming and focusing. A bite and whiff of most citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits, and oranges often has this effect. We all know about their incredible health benefits like being high in vitamin C and natural sugars that provide energy and vitality. Cannabis and citrus go hand in hand. Next time you’re looking for an amazing snack to blaze with, peel back an orange or grapefruit and chill.
Written on September 16, 2016 by
Zoe Wilder is a writer based in Portland, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.