Favorite Japanese Snacks & Drinks


As I’m getting older, I’m learning about the importance of eating healthy and taking care of my body. During my college days, I used to be able to eat A LOT – not exaggerating. Every meal, I ate large portions. And I can’t even explain how my sister and I were able to eat all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ every other week, and eating fast food and instant noodles almost every dinner. Now, I can’t eat as much as I did before. My portions sized decreased, and I’m always leaning towards healthier options. But every now and then, I do have the urge to indulge in something sweet and savory. These are a few of my favorite (healthy & unhealthy) snacks and drinks that I like to purchase at my local Asian market.

Meiji Black Chocolate. What I love about this is that each chocolate is individually wrapped, so you don’t end up eating too much. I’m usually very picky on dark chocolate, but this is a winner in my book. It’s not too sweet with hints of that bitter dark chocolate taste. My friends and co-workers who are not a fan of dark chocolate complimented how tasty and smooth this chocolate is. This is definitely a great option if you want something sweet and still healthy.

Fruit Jelly Drink. I know this is something that kids usually like to drink, but it’s so satisfying and sweet. I also like the twisty cap, because I can save the rest for later if I don’t want to finish it in one sitting. Next is Karamucho Hot Chili Chips. It’s not spicy at all. I would say hot Cheetos is spicier than this. I usually buy one small sized bag of chips because it prevents me from eating too much junk food.

This is more on the healthier side, but I like to  buy cold Oolong tea from the market.

For a sweeter drink, I like caffe lattes. This to-go lattes is more on the sweeter side, and it’s very milky.

Last is this “salt off” ice tea. This box comes in a pack of 24 individual tea packs. It’s made of a blend of different tea that’s supposed to help break down all the salt content you consumed. So, if you you’re eating a meal that’s high in sodium and salt content (ramen), this Japanese herbal tea made to help cleanse your digestive system.

– Cindy


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