Tag: snacks

Healthier Homemade Cheese Pretzels

by in Robin's Healthy Take, September 8, 2013

parmesan pretzels

I grew up in a Philadelphia suburb, so I’ve had my share of soft pretzels. But Philly isn’t the only place making soft pretzels these days. You can find the baked-dough twists in airports, malls and carnivals nationwide. There’s also the frozen variety. The problem is, these mass-made pretzels are often loaded with calories and salt.

Depending on the size, a regular soft pretzel (123 to 149 grams) can have 340 to 480 calories and 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of salt. The lower range is for the plain pretzels and the higher stats are for those with alluring toppings like butter, cheese, pepperoni and sugar.

But there’s no need for the numbers to be high. I made smaller versions for fun and, even when multiplied by four, they have fewer calories, fat grams and sodium milligrams than their traditional counterparts (and that’s including the cheese on top!).

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Chili Kale Chips

by in Healthy Recipes, May 5, 2013

chili kale chips
Forget chips and salsa! This recipe is perfect for any fiesta or afternoon snack and it’s far more nutritious than your average bag of potato or tortilla chips. I added a touch of heat to these kale chips with a dash of chili powder and used sesame oil instead of olive oil for a savory taste you’ll love all spring.

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Toddler-Friendly Finger Foods

by in Kid-Friendly, April 27, 2013

dried apples
My 22-month-old, Hudson, is a great eater as far as I’m concerned. But that doesn’t mean he won’t dive into a bag of Goldfish crackers and devour them all. It takes a certain amount of effort to offer our little ones snacks that are nutrient rich and likeable.  Sure, its easy to fall into the rut of Cheerios, cookies and crackers and there is a place for all of this in a balanced diet. I also believe our kids learn to like the foods we give them regularly. So try these healthy snacks out for size and your little one will benefit from the added nutrition a cracker doesn’t always have.

  • Beans: Like a Cheerio, beans are a great, packable, finger food. Having a cabinet full of canned beans like chickpeas and black beans is as simple as being stocked up on cereal. Pop open a can, rinse the beans and offer them as part of a meal or packaged in a baggie as a snack for on-the-go. Packed with fiber, protein and lots of nutrients this is a no-brainer. Plus, soft beans like cannellini are easy on gums.
  • Dried Fruit: A great alternative to fruit snacks, dried fruits like apples and cherries are a tasty finger food that have a good shelf life, pack easily and of source are loaded with antioxidants and nutrition. Look for no or low-sugar options. Read more

Snacks With 100 Calories (or Fewer!)

by in Healthy Recipes, February 20, 2013

grapefruit
Mix up your snack routine with these fancy and fun low-snacks. Enjoy!

1. Roasted Sweet Potato with Salsa (92 calories)- Top half a medium baked skin-on sweet potato (51 calories) with 1/4 cup salsa (21 calories) and 2 teaspoons sour cream (20 calories).

2. Graprefruit Brulee (90 calories)- Sprinkle 1/2 a medium grapefruit (60 calories) with 2 teaspoons of turbinado sugar (30 calories) and broil until golden. (above, from Food Network Magazine)

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Win These Tortilla Popchips!

by in Giveaway, January 30, 2013

Tortilla PopChips

It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for in the big game this weekend, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: Game-day chips and dip don’t have to be loaded with junk. Tortilla popchips are made with stoneground corn masa (the same whole-grain corn used to make traditional tortillas) and have the same great crunch as restaurant-style chips, but they’re popped with a little heat and pressure instead of fried. Available in four flavors—nacho cheese, chile limón, ranch and salsa—they’re perfect paired with any kind of dip.

You can buy your own tortilla popchips or enter in the comments for a chance to win some. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite healthy game-day dip. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one case each (that’s 24 single-serve bags!) to five lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on January 30 and 5 p.m. EST on February 1, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $31. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite healthy game-day dip?

Healthy Snacking at Work

by in Healthy Tips, January 29, 2013

frozen grapes
As we settle into our work groove and busy office routines, it’s too easy to grab a bag of chips or make a meal out of a box of Cheez-Its (which I secretly love), but that will quickly leave you feeling unmotivated and unproductive. Rather than raiding the snack machine, here are some great, simple, and healthy snacks to take to the office that will keep you feeling alert and active the whole day.

  • Roasted Chickpeas – Here’s a crunchy snack that will give you the same satisfaction as a handful of chips. Chickpeas are packed full of fiber, iron and folate to support a nutritionally-balanced diet. Play around with this recipe and season the chickpeas to your liking: Try cinnamon or cumin instead of the Dijon.
  • Frozen Grapes – A classic for someone with a sweet tooth. Grapes are full of polyphenols to help protect again heart disease. Stick your grapes in the freezer when you head to bed, and in the morning you’ll have a healthy candy-alternative to take to the office!
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Win a NatureBox!

by in Giveaway, January 9, 2013

naturebox

Make over your not-so-great snacking habits in the new year with NatureBox. Instead of reaching for a bag of greasy chips when hunger strikes, grab a dietitian-approved snack that’s minimally processed and wholesome. Each month, NatureBox sends you a crate of loot that’s healthy and hand-picked. Boxes include items like wild blueberry flax granola, lemon pucker pistachios, dried apricots and garden tomato crunchies. For every box delivered, NatureBox donates one meal to Feeding America.

You can buy your own NatureBox or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, how you plan to make over your snacking habits in the new year. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, January 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one box each to five lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on January 9 and 5 p.m. EST on January 11, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $19.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, how do you plan to make over your snacking in the new year?

Win These KIND Bars!

by in Giveaway, October 24, 2012

Kind Nuts & Spices Bar

Be prepared for snack time, any time. When hunger strikes, be ready with an arsenal of KIND bars in new Nuts & Spices flavors: Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan; Madagascar Vanilla Almond; Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt; Cashew & Ginger Spice. Whether you like your snacks sweet-and-spicy or sweet-and-salty, with so many options you’re sure to find a flavor combination that’s just right for you.

You can buy your own KIND Nuts & Spices Bars or enter in the comments for a chance to win some. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite nut, chocolate and spice flavor combination. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, October 26 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one KIND Nuts & Spices Cube with 20 bars to five lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on October 24 and 5 p.m. EST on October 26, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $45. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite nut, chocolate and spice flavor combination?

Kids’ Snacks To Watch Out For

by in Back to School, October 11, 2012

fruit snacks
Clever marketing and confusing ingredient lists make processed junk look like a healthy choice for your kids. Get the facts about these healthy imposters.

Fruit & Vegetable Pouches
These squeezable sacks of suckable fruit and veggie concoctions promise mess-less nutrition but you might be getting more sugar than produce – many are sweetened with fruit juice concentrates (check labels). Even if your favorite brand’s recipe does only contain mashed fruits and vegetables, this process will destroy some of the nutrients and fiber. Plus, sucking food out of a pouch doesn’t exactly foster healthy easting habits as far as I’m concerned.  Handing off the occasional pouch is fine but these sacs should not become a replacement for good old fruits and veggies.

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