August 10, 2016
By now, you guys know that I’m a recovering 100% scratch cook. While I still aspire to make all things from scratch whenever possible, I’ve become too busy not to make smart use of store-bought shortcuts when I need them. Yep, hence my book: Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook From Scratch—with Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them.
See, the thing that I’ve learned over the years is that, though too often the case, store-bought doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. There are lots of supermarket products that can help make the difference between a home-cooked meal and take out, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about using them. This is especially true with snacks.
I love making homemade cheese crackers, my kid’s favorite muffins, my go-to chewy granola bars and bake them in big, freezable batches whenever I can. But when I can’t—or when I just need more options because my growing boys eat and eat and eat and eat—I rely on store-bought snacks to fill in the gaps.
Snacks are such a huge category that the grocery store snack aisle has some of the healthiest and also least healthy products in the whole market, so knowing how to navigate the snack aisle is pretty important if, like me, you’re dead set on avoiding certain ingredients including artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup. It’s also just helpful to know exactly what to look for, because wow can it be overwhelming.
Make It Easy includes a Supermarket Guide where I list my favorite snack brands that offer healthy products to help keep your pantry well stocked with foods that you can feel good about. In fact, it’s the most extensive section of the guide. In case you don’t have a copy—or while you wait for yours to arrive (hint, hint)—this video goes over 5 of my favorite lunch box snacks that are great for school lunch. These healthy store-bought snack products help make sure that I always have something nourishing to grab for an extra snack in the lunch box, bus rides, after school, and before practice.
Take a watch and let me know what snacks I missed: Which are your favorite store-bought snack brands?