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.

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