Healthy Snacking With Pretzels ~!#Snyders - Sammy Makes Six

Healthy Snacking With Pretzels ~!#Snyders

January is a month where I take a look at everything we ate during the holidays and wish I could take it back. Okay, so I am not all about the full-blown diet, this is not something that I would ever be able to stick to. Instead when I see that I need to cut back on my eating and snacking, I take other measures that I can usually stick to. A big part of this is of course moderation and the other is making wiser choices. When I want a really fatty snack, that will only give me about an hours worth of sugar high and then drop me down and leave me feeling sluggish the rest of the day, I instead look for healthier snacking alternatives.

Healthy Snacks:
Greek yogurt- I know it can be a bit sour but if you add fresh fruit or a sprinkle of honey it can be a really delicious snack. You can also add granola and raisins!
Almonds- 23 almonds are about 162 calories and they are a filling and yet savory snack that will give you a boost of energy. These are the best when I am feeling drained and ready for a nap, yet have a million things on my to-do-list.
Fresh fruit- one of the faves and easiest ways to go. Our fruit basket is always full with everything that is in season; pears, oranges, apples, and even kiwis. The kids love Cuties and we always have some.
Pretzels- When you have that salt craving and really want to dig into a back of cheetos or potato chips, pretzels are a healthier way to go. I like getting the smaller portioned baggies so I won't overdo the calories.

Other tips to healthier snacking are not waiting too long between meals or snacks. Your blood sugar will drop and when you finally eat you will probably over indulge. Keep the healthy snacks within eyesight and try not to stock the bad ones. You won't want to run all the way to the store just for a snack right? Don’t forget to load up on plenty of water. This will keep you hydrated and feeling fuller. Always try to keep your body in motion. Try to walk at least 30 minutes per day. This is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Take a walk with your mate and enjoy the time together!

Today I am going to share one of our favorite snacking recipes. This is not the healthiest recipe but it is a very fun one that we love to make on weekends, when we sit in front of the tele to watch movies or award ceremonies (yes, we watch a lot of those during awards season!). 
Spicy Pretzel Mix
2 cups salted mixed nuts
2 cups small cheese crackers
1 cup Rice Chex cereal
1 cup Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup pretzel nuggets
1 bag roasted sunflower seeds
8 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (more if you really like it spicy)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you really like it spicy)
1 cup mini bagel chips

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, toss together all of the dry components. The nuts, crackers, cereal, pretzels, seeds and the mini bagel chips. In a smaller bowl, combine butter with Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne. Pour into the bowl with the nut mixture, then toss and mix well making sure to get all of it really mixed up. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until brown and crunchy for 20 to 25 minutes.

Use a festive bowl to serve, you will get about 8 servings of this very spicy, crunchy snack. Make sure you have really refreshing drinks to go with this, because everyone is going to need some!

Always remember portion control and moderation, you can snack on this mix and not feel guilty as long as you know you will counter balance it with some walking, water, veggies or other light snacks later in the day. Thanks to Snyder's of Hanover for allowing us to share this recipe with you, head on over to FB and like their page for more healthy snacking tips!

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1 comment

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Thanks for the tips. I need to get my weight under control. I'm going to eat a small lunch today and had a banana for breakfast.