by Sarah JF Braley | May 08, 2020

Staying at home and dealing with the emotions that have arisen during the pandemic has opened up a host of eating problems as people seek out comfort foods. If you're worried about how your pants are now fitting, try working in some of these snacks suggested by the experts at UC Davis Health in their Good Food Is Good Medicine blog:

  • Create your own trail mix by combining nuts, seeds and dried fruit, and add a bit of dark chocolate. Tip: Portion into 1/4-cup servings.
  • Blend a smoothie using frozen fruit with Greek yogurt and your milk of choice. Tip: Add some spinach or kale in for a sneaky serving of vegetables.
  • Make a dip for your veggies using cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with dried spices and herbs. Tip: Try onion and garlic powder, dried dill, parsley and/or chives, with salt and pepper.
  • Create deli meat "roll ups." Spread meat with cream cheese, roll up, and eat, or wrap the meet around string cheese. Tip: Add bell pepper, cucumber or pickles for a nice crunch.
  • Blend garbanzo beans with lemon, olive oil and garlic for easy homemade hummus. Tip: Serve with crackers, veggies, or wheat pita.
  • Slice up some banana, apple or celery and eat with natural nut butter. Tip: Top with raisins or dried cranberries for a chewy texture.
  • Hard-boiled eggs make a quick protein-packed addition to any snack. Tip: Make a large batch in advance. Hard-boiled eggs still in their shells still can be refrigerated for up to one week.