8 Ways to Make Your Favorite Snacks Healthier

Swap commercially prepared snacks with these healthier alternatives from registered dietician Kate Greagan.

8 Ways to Make Your Favorite Snacks Healthier

When you need to nosh, do you tend to reach for a convenient plastic-wrapped nibble? Many of the snacks we eat are commercially-prepared processed foods that could be wreaking havoc on our diets and our health with additives, trans fats, excess sodium, high-fructose corn syrup and more harmful elements. Luckily, it’s easy to give your beloved snacks a healthy makeover that’s better on your body and your wallet. Registered dietician Kate Greagan shared her suggestions on how to make snacks safer.

Microwave popcorn

Why it isn’t healthy: It often contains artificial flavoring, trans fats, butter and high amounts of sodium.\r\n

\r\nThe fix: Make your own microwave popcorn using popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag! Simply put about a half-cup of kernels into a brown paper bag, then fold the top over a few times to keep the kernels from popping out. Microwave for about a minute and a half or until the popping slows down.\r\n

\r\n“I sprinkle Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper on top of my popcorn,” says Greagan. Since Parmesan cheese has such a sharp, strong flavor, a little goes a long way. You can also top popcorn with fresh chopped herbs, salt, a little bit of coconut oil, or a spice blend, like chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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