I don’t know about you, but I crave snack foods in the winter and I do indulge from time to time. I’ve also learned that not every snack has to be bad for you. Whenever possible, I like to choose healthier snacks such as dried fruits and popcorn. Here are my favorite choices when those winter cravings strike:
To me, nuts are the perfect snack. As an extra bonus, they are also good for you! The healthy fats can even help boost your mood – an extra bonus when cabin fever has me feeling a little blue.
Popcorn is one of my favorite all time snacks. The nice thing about popcorn is that it can be healthy – especially when left on its own or with a minimum of toppings. If I do use butter, I like to use low calorie butter spray rather than the full fat version.
Dried fruit tastes just like candy, especially dried raisins. For an extra indulgence, chocolate covered dried fruit is extra satisfying. Sometimes, I make my own by dipping fruit in melted chocolate. To melt chocolate, I find that the easiest way is to use a microwave.
There are so many snack mixes on the market I often find it hard to choose. I love them all! It all depends on my mood. My favorite winter choices include pretzels, chocolate pieces, dried fruit, cereal, and nuts. Sometimes, I even make my own.
I’m a chocolate addict and I find myself reaching for it even more as winter drags on. I love it all – truffles, dark chocolate, white chocolate. I keep a few types on hand whenever a craving strikes.
A healthier alternative to potato chips, vegetable chips are also crunchy and salty. When I’m feeling ambitious, I do like to make my own. This recipe is baked rather than fried, which helps save some calories. However, there are many delicious options on the market, as well.
Making pizza is a fun project for a winter’s night. I like to buy store-bought crust and role it out flat with a rolling pin. Then I add tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and any topping that I desire. I bake it on a cookie sheet in a 400 Degree Fahrenheit oven until cheese has melted to a golden brown.
Soft Baked Pretzels
Though I love crunchy pretzels, I find that soft-baked pretzels are my snack of choice during the winter. I just love the smell, and baking them beats winter boredom! They’re also delicious when dipped in hot mustard, spinach dip, or store-bought cheese sauce. Substitute half the flour amount for whole-wheat flour for an even healthier choice.