Cannabis and the munchies are as dynamic of a duo as Bert and Ernie. But they’re not walking the mean streets of Sesame Street; they’re walking the mean aisles of Country Buffet. Most people who imbibe in weed know this – cannabis comes with the concept that we’re starving, like full on trapped in a desert, haven’t eaten for three weeks starving. And, thus, we open the pantry and ask everything to come to mama…even the bouillon cubes.
Of course, some foods make better munchies than others – snack foods, for instance, are the preferred choice over health foods.
This comes down to individual taste, naturally. But, overall, some of the most sought-after munchies include:
Why it’s popular: As discussed in other articles, one of the reasons pizza is such a popular munchie is that it’s already well-liked: pot doesn’t need to be included. It’s a favorite food of Americans regardless of cannabis status. It’s also convenient – you can order it from nearly anywhere.
How to make it healthier: Skip the meat toppings and opt for veggies (if you think that vegetables taste like sadness, skip the toppings altogether). You can also make it healthier by requesting less cheese and opting for thin crust over thick.
Why they’re popular: Chips are usually coated in salt and there’s something about pot that makes us crave that. Like pizza, they’re also convenient: some services will indeed deliver chips to your doorstep. Otherwise, a quick trip to the convenience store is all you need.
How to make them healthier: There are some chips naturally better for you than others – the baked varieties, for instance. Another way to make them healthier is to make your own: kale chips aren’t as gross as they sound. If you crave salt, you might also consider replacing chips with nuts – walnuts, peanuts, and almonds are quite healthy. Or, if you’re trying to save on calories altogether, just get a salt lick.
Why it’s popular: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is a popular American past-time, up there with apple pie and baseball games. It also hits the spot for people who have a sweet tooth – Ben and Jerry’s goes with either Indica or Sativa.
How to make it healthier: If you have a hankering, choosing frozen yogurt or sorbet over traditional ice cream will save you on fat and calories. Frozen yogurt usually has active cultures that act as probiotics and protect your gut. If you think frozen yogurt is akin to skim milk (in the words of Ron Swanson, “There’s one thing I hate more than lying…..Skim milk, which is water that’s lying about being milk.”), you can make your real ice cream healthier by skipping the extras. Rather than scooping a carton of chocolate mixed with brownies, M&Ms, and cookie dough, just stick to plain old chocolate. It’s not as boring as it sounds.
Why it’s popular: Because – duh! – it tastes good. It also helps with the salt cravings mentioned above. There’s the convenience factor too – all you need is a microwave and you’re good to go.
How to make it healthier: Believe it or not, there’s plenty of ways to increase the health benefits of Ramen noodles – the internet is filled with recipes that show you how. Most of these involve adding things to your soup – vegetables or mushrooms. It takes some planning, so do it before you get high. Otherwise, you’ll grow less inspired and simply eat the Ramen directly from the package as usual.
Why it’s popular: Please.
How to make it healthier: Chocolate isn’t as unhealthy as many people assume. According to the Huffington Post, it offers many benefits including decreasing risk of stroke, boosting mood, aiding cardiovascular health, and improving skin. When compared to other popular munchie candy – things like Nerds or Swedish Fish – it’s certainly a healthier option. To amp up the health benefits even more, opt for dark chocolate over milk.
Why it’s popular: Cereal is an easy convenience and one that we assume will fill us up (often incorrectly). It tends to help with a variety of cravings, those that involve cannabis and those that merely involve being awake late at night. It offers lots of variety too – you don’t have to be monogamous with Cap’n Crunch.
How to make it healthier: There are dozens and dozens of cereals to choose from and they all offer different health benefits. Something like Fiber One is clearly healthier than Fruit Loops, but you don’t have to get drastic, choosing Mueslix while the leprechaun from Lucky Charms pouts inside the cupboard. Rather, opt for okay-for-you brands over those laden in corn syrup. If you’re opting for the latter, health it up by adding a banana or some strawberries.
Why it’s popular: It’s filled with sugar and it tastes like it’s filled with sugar. It’s great at meeting the immediate demands of the sweet tooth.
How to make it healthier: Unless you’re willing to spread it over a bed of spinach, there’s not a lot of hope for this one. The best thing you can do is practice moderation – only keep one jar in your house at a time and aim to make it last….at least longer than one evening.
Cannabis and the munchies are long-time friends – it’s often hard to have one without the other tagging along. For some people, this isn’t a concern – they embrace the idea of splurging in the kitchen whenever they imbibe. For others, the extra calories are – at best – annoying and – at worst – detrimental to health.
If you’re in the second category, the above tips may help make your munchies a bit wholesome -“Just say no” to Oreos by saying yes to something a tiny bit more nutritious.