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.

Sandwich crackers

Why it isn’t healthy: Those prepackaged cracker packs you’ll often find in vending machines can be high in artificial ingredients, oil, sodium and sugar. Often the cheese and crackers aren’t made with real cheese.\r\n

\r\nThe fix: Pack your own on-the-go cheese and cracker or peanut butter and cracker sandwiches. Start with whole grain crackers and pair them with high-protein Parmesan cheese or lower-calorie mozzarella or Swiss cheeses. Or make peanut butter crackers healthier by spreading all-natural peanut butter or almond butter on whole grain crackers or toast.

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