One of the many benefits of cannabis is its ability to stimulate the appetite—you know, what we call “the munchies.” We’ve all found ourselves eating weird food combinations after hitting the vape pen a little too hard. It happens. The key is to stock up on healthy snacks before you indulge in your favorite cannabis products.
As Hippocrates famously declared, it is wise to “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” That means that instead of reaching for your phone to order pizza delivery or McDonald’s, we should be conscious about how we treat our bodies in order to stay healthy and keep feeling good. Next time you’re prepping for your smoke sesh, stock up on these healthy snacking options.
Light in calories and full of fiber, popcorn is a filling snack and far healthier than the other corn-based options in your house. Rather than reaching for tortilla chips or Fritos®, try drizzling air-popped popcorn with olive oil and topping with a little bit of salt, garam masala, or furikake. Delicious! Just make sure you down a little extra water to keep your eyes from getting too red after you hit your vape pen.
California is home to the best farmers in the country—whether their fields are filled with cannabis or fruit. Celebrate by making yourself a large snack of the best produce you have in your house. Mandarin orange slices, pomegranate seeds, apples, and local strawberries are all great choices. The water content means that you won’t have to deal with cotton-mouth, either!
Smoothie bowls are simple and satisfying—just throw some frozen fruit and greens into your blender, toss in a little yogurt if you prefer a creamier smoothie, and pour in juice or almond milk until it’s the right texture. Pour your smoothie into a bowl, then top with sliced fruit, shaved coconut, hemp hearts, or whatever else you have sitting around in your pantry. This is a great way to get in micronutrients while staying hydrated.
Nutritious and delicious, pumpkin seeds are another diet-approved Whole 30 or keto snack. Regardless, the salty, crunchy goodness of pepitas is for everyone. If you don’t feel like carving up a pumpkin to get at these yourself (we don’t blame you), most grocery stores have pepitas available in pre-roasted, pre-salted packages. Pour it in your favorite bowl and serve as-is. As with popcorn, make sure you drink a little extra water to compensate for the salt and for your cannabis indulgence.
Craving some Ben & Jerry’s? Same, but try a yogurt parfait first. Layer some sweet, creamy yogurt with seasonal fruit or homemade jam, manuka honey, or raw nuts or seeds for a true indulgence with great micronutrients. Hemp hearts make a great addition, if you like to have a little weed with your weed.
How to Make Your Own Healthy Snacks and Cannabis Edibles
If you enjoy indulging in a little bit of cannabis and getting artistic, why not try making your own healthy snacks at home? Creativity-stimulating Cannabis sativa and hybrid strains like Blue Dream make experimentation even more enjoyable.
Tasty, crunchy spiced chickpeas are the best kind of healthy food and easy enough to make. While the process might be a little involved, roasting chickpeas once means you’ll know how to do it forever. This oven-baked chickpea snack can be made with sesame oil or THC-infused olive oil for a cannabis kick.
This recipe serves 1 hungry person.
3 cups canned chickpeas
Sesame oil or THC-infused OG Garlic Olive Oil
Spice blend of your choice (e.g., garam masala, Chinese five spice)
Measure out 3 cups of canned chickpeas. Pat them dry and remove their skins.
Toss them into a bowl with a drizzle of oil, salt, and any desired spices—be creative!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the chickpeas out onto its surface.
Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven – and turn the oven off.
Once the chickpeas have cooled down enough to eat, they are ready. Enjoy!
Get the Munchies With People’s Cannabis
Time-saving Express Pickup from People’s and free cannabis delivery means that you have all the time you need to turn your home into a snack shack. Get your spread ready and try out these healthy recipes and snack ideas for a good time that won’t throw your New Year’s resolution (or your overall health and wellness) off-track.
Healthy snacks pair well with premium cannabis flower, fruity weed gummies, and THC tinctures. Treat yourself to a sensory feast of all your favorite products, then tag us in your snack spread photos for a People’s California Instagram feature. Stay safe and healthy—we’ll see you soon!