Healthier Swaps for Classic Snacks

When it comes to snacking, it’s easy to fall into the trap of reaching for familiar, but not always healthy, options. Whether you’re sticking to your New Year’s Resolution or just being more conscientious, making small swaps can lead to big changes in our overall health without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. Let’s explore some simple swaps that will leave your taste buds happy and your body thanking you.

Healthier Dips and Snacks

Whether you’re serving it up for a crowd or a solo snack, with a few simple swaps, your dips and snacks can become more nutritionally balanced.

Ranch Dip: Make homemade ranch seasoning by combining equal parts of dried chives, parsley, dill weed, garlic powder, and onion powder. Adjust according to taste, and add salt and pepper. To make the dip, mix the desired seasoning amount into 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Serve your dip with healthy alternatives, such as chopped vegetables or whole wheat pretzels.

Pub Mix: Combine 1 cup of pretzel bits with 1 cup of whole grain cereal (such as Chex). Add your favorite additions, such as nuts, wasabi peas, or cheese crackers, in ½ cup amounts. Mix and eat as is, or spray lightly with oil, top with seasoning, and bake at 250°F until lightly toasted.


Healthier Sweet Treats

Healthier eating doesn’t mean no more sweets! Outside of grabbing some classic chocolate covered pretzels for a quick treat, some more nutritionally-sound swaps include:

Candy Bar Bark: Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate with ¼ cup of milk chocolate. Then, add your favorite candy bar elements, such as nuts, crushed pretzels, or coconut flakes. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and drizzle with additional toppings such as caramel, almond butter, or white chocolate. Refrigerate until set, and break off a piece (or two!) whenever you crave something sweet.

Banana “Ice Cream”: Peel and slice 2 ripe bananas, then freeze until solid. Blend the frozen banana slices in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Add desired flavoring, such as vanilla extract, peanut butter, or coconut cream. Eat as-is or store in a container in your freezer.


Swaps for Healthier Snacking

Are you looking to add some extra nutrition to your tried-and-true favorites? These simple swaps can make a big difference:

  • Add blended steamed vegetables like cauliflower, zucchini, or carrots to recipes.
  • Use a spray bottle to lightly coat food with needed oil before baking.
  • Choose whole grains like whole wheat or oat bran.
  • Blend chickpeas or white beans into soups and dips for extra fiber and protein.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream in recipes.

By making these simple swaps and incorporating healthier habits into your snacking routine, you can enjoy delicious treats while nourishing your body and supporting your overall well-being.

Purchase Artisanal Pretzels For a Perfect Snack

While these healthy swaps are great for satisfying cravings and nourishing your body, it’s essential to remember that balance is key. Enjoying a variety of foods in moderation allows you to savor the flavors you love while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Luckily, pretzels are considered a generally healthy snack. So, whether you want to aim for a healthier reduced sodium whole wheat pretzel or indulge in the salty goodness of an extra-salt pretzel, we have you covered. Keeping your pantry stocked with Uncle Henry’s Pretzels on hand ensures you always have a wholesome option at your fingertips. Browse our selection today to find the perfect pretzel for you – after all, life’s too short to deprive yourself of delicious snacks!