Nutritious Craving Crushers for 3 Snacking Moods


Nutritious Craving Crushers for 3 Snacking Moods

Satisfaction for Your Crunchy, Salty or Sweet Moments

Whether you have a serious sweet tooth, crave crunchy treats, or simply swoon over salty snacks, we can help you find a better alternative to suit your munching mood.

Setton Farms Dried Vegetable Chips

6 oz Container / Item #037129

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Put Down the Potato Chips

The next time you’re longing for a crispy, crunchy snack, skip that bag of oily chips. Opt for dried veggie chips instead. They satisfy that craving to crunch, and they have less saturated fat than traditional potato chips.

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For an option that’s even more wholesome, you can bake up some of your own. It’s a lot easier than you might think:

Easy Baked Veggie Chips

Pick your favorite hearty root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, celery root, beets, radishes, carrots, or even something more exotic like taro.

The only other two ingredients are salt and olive oil.

Directions:

  1. Peel the veggies and cut in half. Use a mandolin or handheld slicer to make 1/16″ thick slices.
  2. Place the vegetable slices on a paper towel in a single layer. Sprinkle them with salt. Leave them for approximately 15 minutes. The salt will draw out some moisture, ensuring a crispier chip. After 15 minutes blot the veggies dry.
  3. Position oven racks in the bottom and top thirds of the oven. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  4. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with olive oil. Arrange vegetable slices in a single layer on each sheet. Bake until crisp – about 20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Transfer warm chips to a bowl.
  6. Wipe the baking sheets clean and repeat the process until you have baked all the veggie slices.1

Simple Baked Pita Chips

Another way to stomp out that pesky crunchy crave – baked whole-wheat pita chips with hummus. No, not the store bought ones in the sleek, chic bag that are liberally coated with oil and salt. Toast your own pita chips and add the seasonings you like for a fresh, delicious tasty treat.

Sure, you may purchase the whole-wheat pita bread (whichever kind you prefer – flat or pocket style) rather than baking your own from scratch. A package of 12 pita pockets works great.

You’ll Need

  • 12 whole wheat flat pitas or pita pockets
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chervil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut the pita into wedges using kitchen shears or a pizza cutter. If you’re using the pita pockets, you can separate them at the fold – doubling the amount of chips.
  3. Lightly brush both sides of the bread with a little bit of olive oil or spritz lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Sprinkle on your favorite mix of spices – a tasty blend we love includes garlic powder, dried basil and dried chervil. Mix together ½ teaspoon of each and sprinkle generously over the chips before baking.
  4. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with olive oil. Arrange vegetable slices in a single layer on each sheet. Bake until crisp – about 20 minutes.
  5. Bake for about 7 minutes or until lightly browned and nice and crisp. Serve with fresh hummus for a satisfying snack that combines crunchiness with creaminess.2

 

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Satisfy a Salty Craving

Perhaps there is no more satisfying salty snack than a tub of hot buttery, salty popcorn, best enjoyed while watching a movie, of course. Satisfying, yes, but the butter and salt weigh this snack down with fat and sodium. On its own, air popped popcorn is a delicious treat, but we like to jazz ours up with some tasty toppings.

NOW® Foods Organic Popcorn

24 oz Bag / Item #072563

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Fresh, Satisfying “Buffalo” Popcorn

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese

While the popcorn is still warm, sprinkle on the chili powder and Parmesan cheese.


Decadent Desserts Your Downfall?

Sugary sweets are basically nothing more than empty calories. If your sweet tooth compels you to make bad choices, relax. We’ve got some suggestions to help you combat the sugary “snack attack.”

Try frozen bananas turned into “ice cream.” Seriously. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s sweet. It’s creamy. It’s good. Add unsweetened cocoa powder to turn it into chocolate “ice cream” or swirl in a teaspoon of peanut butter or almond butter. You could even add some nuts for your own “mix in” ice cream shop experience at home.

Palate Pleasing Banana “Ice Cream”

You’ll need:

  • Large, ripe bananas
  • Food processor
  • Optional mix-ins

Directions:

  1. Peel and then slice the bananas into small “coins”
  2. Place the slices into an airtight freezer-safe container
  3. Freeze for at least 2 hours
  4. Remove from the freezer and place the slices into a food processor or powerful blender.
  5. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides. Repeat this process several times. The banana’s consistency will go from chunky, to “lumpy oatmeal” and finally to a smooth, frozen custard-like texture.2
  6. Now, keep blending. You want to aerate your confection.
  7. Lastly, if you are adding “mix ins” do it after aeration.
  8. Enjoy. If you wish you can put it back into an airtight container and freeze until solid for later enjoyment.3

Now that you’re armed with smart snacking tips, no matter which craving hits, you can feel free to go ahead and indulge – with less guilt!

 

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