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

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.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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