Recently during midterm season, I’ve discovered some new snacks that have kept my energy and motivation levels high. While not all my recent snacking habits have been healthy, they have introduced me to new ethnic snacks that are refreshing and delicious.
- Coconut water
Coconut water is not only a healthy, hydrating drink but it is also a great substitute for sugary soft drinks. It gives a naturally sweet flavor without artificial flavors. Coconut water is high in electrolytes like potassium which is used ubiquitously in your body. One tip to purchasing authentic coconut water drinks is to read the ingredients which may tell you if additional sugars or flavor enhancers were added.
- Roasted seaweed
Another healthy snack option is the roasted seaweed snacks. These small, portioned packages allow you to get your daily dose of minerals such as iodine and iron. The seaweed lavers make a light snack without being overly greasy or sugary.
- Pork Rinds
- Philippine Soda crackers
I recently discovered this brand of soda crackers that are quite unique. They are produced in the Philippines and, after a colleague’s recent trip to Manila, Philippines, I had a chance to try these delicious, ethnic snacks. They come in different flavors from condensed milk to cheese. Each pack carries its own unique flavor profiles and are fantastic with afternoon tea.
- Coconut clusters
By now, you might have realized my obsession with coconuts. They’re delicious in both liquid (coconut water) and solid form! These coconut cluster snacks I found from Costco have toasted sunflower seeds, flax seeds and oat all bundled with dried coconut flakes.
- Granola clusters
- Soymilk drink
This brand of Hong Kongese soymilk creates perfect portion sizes that allow me to drink them on the go. If you’re lactose intolerant, like me, soy snacks and products are a great substitute for dairy goods. Because of their non-dairy nature, they can also be stored at room temperature for much longer and are less likely to spoil.
- Portuguese Egg Rolls
For those who haven’t tried these delicate pastries from a former colony of Portugal (Macao, China), Portuguese egg rolls are a snack fit for royals. It is lightly crispy and mildly sweet. When paired with a glass or milk or soy, the egg rolls melt away in your mouth.
A classic addition to any Netflix binges, Nachos are a timeless snack. Today’s nachos come in different flavors or can be paired with salsa. To elevate your nachos, try creating your own toppings from canned chili, shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.