Mindful Munching

While some may be enjoying more opportunities to engage random times of 4:20 the downside of being at home dosing with excellent cannabis is the side effect of the munchies. To ration and stretch food supplies, and to not gain too much extra poundage being home I give you the 10 must have foods to grab a quick bite at home fully baked. These are not recipes but actual foods you need on hand to balance the effects of THC telling your body to eat and give the body carbohydrates to help the brain regulate effects. I am stockpiled with some nice indica leaning hybrids and good sativas for a few weeks from my guy at Select Co-Op – Strawberry Cheesecake is my go to right now -and got to make sure my munchie game is healthily on point.

Number one on the list, there is no order just throwing them out here, is green tea. Green tea is a natural antioxidant, has positive effects on weight loss, and promotes proper digestion. There are many types of green tea. I will alternate between types and rotate it out of use for a week or so as taken in excess, as with most things, can cause issue. Right now I am taking a green tea and dandelion blend. Now as far as green tea containing marijuana and getting you high, and other 4:20 myths…NO! Some just say a mix of green tea and smoking a joint is just the perfect pairing.

Number two on the list is apple cider vinegar. This stuff does so much good for the body I forget all the reasons. First thing in the morning I add a few tablespoons of it to me water bottle for the day with lemon and a little sea salt. Apple cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar as well as fights internal bacteria. A little throughout the day will help the body regulate blood sugar and not over-eat after dosing.

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Number three on the list is salmon. I am partial too Salmon. My point is you need some form of lean protein. In addition to protein salmon provides omega 3 fatty acids and B vitamins. Why do we need Omega #3 fats at 4:20 time? Research has uncovered that Omega 3’s help the body to properly synthesize cannabinoids. Check out the research at “Hello MD”

Coconut oil comes in at Number four. Again there is no order just tossing them out here. Coconut Oil is a staple in my home. Food aside its great for skin and hair mixed in with shea butter and whatever essential oil preferred for smell. Coconut oil has a high smoke point so is more versatile in the kitchen than olive oil. For those wanting to make canna-butter, coconut oil is less likely to burn than cow’s milk butter. Check out how to make it at Emilykylenutrition. And to be intentionally redundant, coconut oil is high in Omega 3 fatty acids!

Celery gets props at Number five. Celery has a low glycemic index and has little effect on blood sugar. You could smash a whole bunch and be good. Celery is an antioxidant that also has healing properties for respiratory health and asthma. Good for tokers and those susceptible to bad colds and excess mucus. “Medical News Today” Munch on celery and olive oil and sea salt, sunflower seed-butter/peanut butter, with hummus, or straight up by itself.

Broccoli is Number six, what I used to call “trees” as a preschooler; so make sure you get trees to go with yo trees! Broccoli contains vitamin C, a powerful free radical fighter to help the immune system. Broccoli also has a significant amount of vegetable protein. I like to snack on things with a certain crunchiness after 4:20. Broccoli lightly steamed with some macadamia nuts, avocado, and sea salt and olive oil hits the spot. Broccoli and a few other foods are alleged to increase the bodies interaction with cannabinoids. Specifically broccoli is said to have beta-caryophyllene that reacts with cannabinoid receptors. “MMJ Health”

Water is lucky Number 7. Water could have been number one. Water is needed throughout the day for all human beings. But if we engage in 4:20 water intake must be increased before use, during use, and after use. One does not did to walk around connected to an IV but once the cottonmouth hits, the body is screaming that our blood sugar is off and we are dehydrating – kinda too late. It’s like adding coolant after the car overheats.

The bountiful world of berries is ascribed the position of Number eight. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and my favorite of them all strawberries are nature’s little sugar vitamins. These little pieces of candy of healing sugars packed with antioxidants, reduce blood sugar, and provide many vital nutrients. I toss strawberries in salads and they are my main fruit in smoothies. Getting into the habit of buying berries, seeds, and/or nuts for snacks instead of chips are processed sugary bars is a way to keep junk out of the house and out of your body.

Yams comes in at Number 9. I prefer Japanese yams. You could use jewel sweet potatoes or purple sweet potatoes. Boiled for about twenty minutes Japanese yams become succulent, tender, and are naturally almost sugary sweet while being low on the glycemic index. I keep these around the home as a staple. I will boil three or four and toss them in the fridge. They are there to warm-up with a litte cashew milk and almond butter for breakfast, toss in the oven for quick snack, or for a side dish with dinner.

Number 10 is honey…what ODB say, “ooooh baby I like it raw”. That brown watery stuff at the store is not honey. Its sugar and oils sold as “honey” Raw honey comes hard and you have to cut it and melt it to use it. I chop garlic, turmeric, and ginger and leave it out for a few minutes to activate. I then simmer them in a glass jar of raw honey for a few minutes then leave the jar of melted honey concoction out to infuse. This is good to address mucus build up, a cough, or a sore throat. Let your food be you medicine! Shot out to the classic tune.

Right now society is changing and adjusting to the COVID-19 outbreak on a daily basis. During these times ensure your 4:20 experiences help to fortify your health and mind the best you can. We can enhance effects with nutrition as well as prevent detriments like brain fog due to low blood sugar as well as cottonmouth. Dose responsibly y’all.