January 18, 2012

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Healthy Snacking with Pretzels #Snyders

The new year is here, and most of us are looking for simple ways to eat healthier without skimping on taste. Whether you need a low-fat snack at work, a fun hors d’oeuvre to serve at a Super Bowl party, a healthy after-school snack for the kids, or something easy to put in lunch boxes, Snyder's Pretzels are a great snack to share with family and friends for all occasions. One other great thing to note is pretzels have lower fat than other choices in the snack food aisle, so they make a smart and healthy snacking option.

To celebrate this family snack favorite, I am part of a blogging program with Social Moms  to share a delicious recipe including pretzels as an ingredient and some healthy snacking tips!

Healthy Snacking tips:
  • Take control of your portions!!!  Measure out and place in reusable containers or bags, this helps you from grazing and eating an entire bag!  Heck treating yourself to treats is still okay, but think about it.  Instead of making a big pie this past week, I used muffin tins and made a number of mini-pies.  Perfect portion control! 
  • Provide veggies and fruit when possible, but stay away from the dips!  Those yummy ranch dips and yogurt dips are where all the calories are at!
  • Make homemade trail mixes with fruit, nuts, etc.  
  • Make Healthy Snacking Convenient!  Got older kids who come home from school and make themselves snacks?  Then stock the freezer with things that are easy to heat and eat. They like being able to reach into the freezer to grab a snack they can heat in the microwave and be ready to eat in just minutes.
  • Want to do movie night with the kids, but tired of the microwave popcorn? Make your own air popped popcorn and have a fun healthy snack as a family.
  • Limit juices and sodas in the house.  My family knows your only option is milk or water.  We don't need the extra sugar, so we started them off never offering juices and they don't miss them now!
There are so many options to incorporate pretzels in meals.   They are a perfect coating for chicken, add to the top of mac n' cheese for an extra crunch, etc.  Well I made a number of treats recently with pretzels, one was called Chubby Hubbys and although they are amazing, they are definitely not a healthy option :-)   Here is a another yummy dessert featuring pretzels:
2 c. crushed Snyder's pretzels (grate in food processor)
3/4 c. butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar

Mix above ingredients into 9 x 13 inch pan. Press flat onto bottom of pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool.

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip

Mix together until smooth. Spoon over pretzel layer.

2 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello
2 c. boiling water
2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries

Mix strawberry Jello and boiling water together. Add sliced strawberries. Refrigerate for about 1 hour until slightly jelled. Pour carefully over cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate.

About Snyder’s of Hanover
Our tradition of good taste dates back to 1909 when Harry V. Warehime, founder of Hanover Canning Company, our parent company until 1980, began producing Olde Tyme Pretzels for the Hanover Pretzel Company. In 1963, the Bechtel Pretzel Company, founded by Bill and Helen Bechtel in 1947, was purchased and incorporated into Snyder’s Bakery. Bill developed the original recipe for the Sourdough Hard Pretzel that is still enjoyed by consumers today. More info on Snyder’s of Hanover

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Snyder’s of Hanover blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

1 comment:

  1. Great tips! Love the idea of adding pretzels to the top of mac and cheese.