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.

Packaged dips

Why it isn’t healthy: Spinach dips, chip dips, and other appetizer spreads are often high in fat and salt and don’t offer many nutritional benefits.\r\n

\r\nThe fix: “Cottage cheese is the most overlooked food in the grocery store,” says Greagan. It has probiotics, more protein than Greek yogurt, and can be sweet or savory. Dip raw veggies, fruit, or whole grain crackers into cottage cheese that’s been seasoned with cooked veggies (like spinach or eggplant), raw or dried herbs, and even a seasoning packet like one you’d use for Italian dressing, suggests Greagan. If you want a sweet high-protein, pre-workout snack, enjoy cottage cheese with chopped nuts, pears, and cinnamon. “Cottage cheese is a nice versatile option for people who are sick of Greek yogurt or hummus,” she says.

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