The marijuana munchies don’t have to ruin your diet. They’re known to cause bottomless-pit binge-eating episodes of all the worst types of junk food. Ice cream, fried chicken, hamburgers, fries, burritos and — best of all — endless amounts of pizza.
A bad case of the munchies can cause some serious angst day after when you realize you’ve consumed all your calories for the whole month in one short afternoon. Even if you’re not a calorie-counter, you know that chicken and waffles at 11pm on a Sunday night is not a good idea for your waistline.
But you don’t have to avoid cannabis entirely out of fear of the munchies adding pounds and inches. (In fact, eating small amounts throughout a day of healthy foods may actually help you lose weight.)
Here are our fav healthy foods to curb the marijuana munchies without sacrificing the diet.
Blueberries are delicious, perfectly bite-sized, and bursting with antioxidants. These fresh little berries give the perfect amount of fiber, which helps you feel full, and sweet to curb those food cravings. The best part is that you can eat an entire carton and not feel the slightest bit guilty. Quite the reverse — blueberries are insanely good for you.
Blueberries contain fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Research suggests that these nutritious berries can even decrease your risk of many forms of cancer, and improve cholesterol, blood pressure, and regulation of blood sugar levels. Blueberries are some of our staffs top choice when it comes to satisfying marijuana munchies without sacrificing diet goals.
2. Ants on a Log
Celery (fiber), peanut butter (protein) and raisins or chocolate chips (natural sugar). There’s a good reason that we were given these so often as kids. They’re healthy, but they taste good.
There’s also some method in the madness of this munchie snack. The fiber in celery helps you feel full right away, and the protein in the peanut butter helps you stay full for longer. The fat in the protein also affects the hormones in your body, signaling that it might be a good idea to stop eating. And the small dose of fructose sugar in the raisins gives you just enough of a sugar burst to help deter you from reaching for the coco puffs or ice cream.
We’d say to use chocolate chips instead, but in our experience, once that bag of chocolatey goodness is out, there’s no putting it away.
With so many pre-popped options out there, this is easy to find. However, avoid the flavored popcorn options, as these are going to have a lot more calories and/or sugar. (Hello, Kettle corn, you beautiful, addictive monster.)
If you feel up to making some popcorn yourself over the stove or in a popper, we’d suggest using an alternative to butter — like coconut oil, olive oil, or even truffle oil if you’re feeling fancy. But, if butter is all you’ve got or simply your heart’s desire, go for it. This is still a much better option than two family sized bags of potato chips.
4. Apples and Peanut Butter
Apples are famous for being a healthy, but totally delicious snack. Apples are extremely rich in all sorts of nutrients, including antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. (Some experts even suggest apples can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health issues.) So, when it comes to hardcore snacking, an apple is one thing you’ll never need to feel guilty reaching for.
We love to pair apples with a nut butter. The fiber in the apple helps fill you up quickly, and the protein and fats in the nut butter keep you feeling full longer. Nut butters have their own health benefits too. The fats in nut butters are the good-for-you kind, so don’t worry. They’re also rich in nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin B6, and potassium.
5. Banana Ice Cream
Not banana flavored ice cream. No, we mean actual frozen bananas. You’ll want to prep this ahead of time to have on hand because it takes a while to freeze. Put several frozen bananas in a food processor and blend until smooth. Once blended, eat immediately. Or add some of your favorite ice cream ingredients. Want chocolate ice cream? Add a ¼ tsp vanilla and 3 tbsp cocoa powder. Love peanut butter? Add a couple tablespoons peanut or other nut butter for a peanut butter ice cream to die for. Other ideas: berries, honey, dark chocolate chips, the options are endless!
Depending on your personality and preference, nuts can be the perfect healthy, bite-sized snack to curb marijuana munchies. Roasted or unroasted, our favorites are almonds, peanuts, and pistachios. (Depending on your high, pistachios can either be a great way to occupy your hands — or opening each single pistachio can seem the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.)
- Almonds. Almonds are as full of flavor as they are nutrients. Of all tree nuts, almonds rank highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin content by weight.
- Cashews. Lower in fiber than other options, cashews are still packed with vitamins, minerals, and even antioxidants. Be mindful when binge-eating though, as cashews can get pricey.
- Peanuts. Peanuts, the cheapest and probably most often consumed of all the nuts, are an excellent source for many vitamins and minerals. They contain niacin, folate, riboflavin, potassium, zinc, and even iron. Eat up!
- Pistachios. Easily one of the tastiest nuts, pistachios are also abundant in fiber, protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Studies show their health benefits may even include a healthier gut, lowered blood sugar, and may even promote weight loss. Can we say WIN?
7. Avocado Toast
Yes, we’re aware of how seriously hipster it is to talk about avocado toast, but for real, guys, this is delicious and sooooo good for you. Avocado is a nutrient bombshell of healthy fats and antioxidants. Whether you fancy it up by turning your avocado toast into a masterpiece of fresh fruit, herbs, and eggs, or if you keep it simple as slices of avocado on your toast, this is still a hunger-satisfying masterpiece that you can eat a ton of without any worries over your weight.
8. Fresh Veggies and Hummus
If you really need to satisfy that carb craving, you can swap out pita bread for the veggies. Use carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers — whatever veggies you like best. And while you’re certainly welcome to make your own hummus (it’s not very difficult), we suggest choosing one of the premade options available at pretty much any local health food store or in the natural section of any supermarket. The best part of being a weed store in downtown Seattle is that we’ve got access to some seriously delicious delis and supermarkets close by.
9. Protein or Granola Bars
Here’s the catch, though — choose options that are low in processed sugars and additives and high in natural ingredients. Choose the options packed with nuts, oats, and real fruit. And while the chocolate caramel coco bar might look (and taste) amazing, it shouldn’t be a frequent go-to if you’re trying to control your weight. Kind Bars, Lara Bars, Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bars, Square Organics, GoMacro Macrobars are just a few examples of the great options out there.
One of the most popular go-tos when the post-high craving hit, tacos can actually be a great option. Of course, we don’t mean Taco Bell drive-throughs, though. You can make healthy, guilt-free tacos in just a few minutes. Here are your basic components:
- Corn tortilla shell (better option than white flour)
- Grilled chicken or beef
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh avocado
- Fresh salsa
- A dollop of plain greek yogurt or sour cream
All the fiber from the produce helps fill you up and the protein keeps you feeling full.
More Healthy Munchies
Of course, our list of healthy foods that can curb food cravings without destroying your diet plans doesn’t end here. Here are some other easy-to-grab snack foods:
- Fresh fruits. Apples, pears, oranges, clementines, grapes — all are excellent options that are full of vitamins, fiber, and nutrients.
- Parfait. Granola, Greek yogurt, and fresh berries. What’s not to love? Nothing.
- String cheese. A perfect option for when you’re on the go and have zero time. Pair this with some crackers, and you’ve got a great snack.
- Trail mix. There’s a reason that hikers and adventurers turn to trail mix to keep them going during long, difficult hikes. The proteins, healthy fats, and nutrients found in all those nuts, dried fruit, and, yes, even bits of chocolate, are great at filling you up and keeping you energized.
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