snacks http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9198/all en-US 24 Easy to Make Grab and Go Snacks http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Mother_daughter_snacks_000031281818.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter making easy grab and go snacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pretty much without fail, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., my stomach starts growling. After having carefully-planned, proportionately appropriate, nutritionally balanced breakfasts or lunch, it seems a shame to blow all of that with a bag of potato chips. But that's what I'll do, if I don't have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">snack that <em>tastes good</em></a>. I have found out the hard way that a bag of carrot sticks is not going to do it. So what is my solution? This list of 24 healthy, yet delicious, snacks.</p> <h2>Sweet Snacks</h2> <p>Why finish with something sweet when you can start there?</p> <h3>1. Mini Peppers</h3> <p>Bags of these multi-colored, vitamin A and C-packed little peppers now show up in most grocery stores and at they are super-handy and delicious. Three peppers only have 25 calories. I love them just by themselves, but if you need a dip, try plain greek yogurt.</p> <h3>2. Apples</h3> <p>I know this is silly, but if I take an apple to work, it will sit on my desk. But if I cut it into slices and put it into a Ziploc with a dab of lemon juice, I am more apt to eat it. This works at home, too: Cut-up apples disappear from the refrigerator, but the whole ones sit. A medium apple has about 95 calories. Still find it boring? Take a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter along in a container, and use it as a dip.</p> <h3>3. Oranges or Clementines</h3> <p>An orange has only about 45 calories, and of course loads of vitamin C. A clementine &quot;cutie&quot; has about 40 calories, and the added benefit of being really easy to peel. If the idea of eating a plain orange isn't tantalizing, try cutting it up and adding some strawberries, walnut pieces, and a splash of raspberry vinaigrette.</p> <h3>4. Frozen Grapes</h3> <p>Grapes are great, but they're like mini-popsicles when you freeze them. Cut into little bunches, wash, dab dry, put into individual bags, and freeze. You'll have them ready to go all week. An entire cup is only 110 calories.</p> <h3>5. Frozen Blueberries</h3> <p>A cup of frozen blueberries is also really cool and satisfying. One cup has only 79 calories. They are great just by themselves, or added to a low-fat smoothie.</p> <h3>6. Watermelon</h3> <p>Because it contains so much water, watermelon is very filling. An entire cup is only 46 calories. I like the &quot;Thai&quot; variety, which are smaller and rounder, but very flavorful.</p> <h3>7. Frozen Banana</h3> <p>A frozen banana, at 120 calories, is a great treat. If you are a chocoholic, try slicing them, freezing, and then adding a dab of Magic Shell. This of course boosts your calorie count, but you really only need a drizzle. This becomes a super-satisfying snack, especially if you have a sweet tooth.</p> <h3>8. Sweet Potato</h3> <p>Years ago, I read that Martha Stewart would cook a sweet potato and take it on the airplane to eat when she traveled. I thought that was very odd, but she's right &mdash; they make a really satisfying snack. At 114 calories, you can go nuts and add a few mini-marshmallows. If your office has a microwave, you can <a href="http://www.cleaneatingveggiegirl.com/2014/10/15/how-to-make-a-baked-sweet-potato-in-the-microwave/">make a sweet potato</a> in seven minutes.</p> <h3>9. Peaches and Nectarines</h3> <p>What is better in the summer than a ripe peach, or a nectarine? I admit, though, they can be messy &quot;office food.&quot; I like to slice mine and put into a container with a half-cup of nonfat vanilla yogurt. An entire peach has only 59 calories; a half-cup of nonfat yogurt, around 70 calories.</p> <h3>10. Applesauce</h3> <p>I'm a fan of the little pre-made cups of applesauce (50 calories). A sprinkle of cinnamon jazzes them up, too. Ever tried making <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/applesauce/">homemade applesauce</a>? It's easy and tastes absolutely great. My mom used to toss in a handful of Red Hots (candies) and melt them in. It turned the applesauce a pretty color and made it extra-zippy.</p> <h3>11. Strawberries</h3> <p>Just 76 calories are found in a cup of strawberries. I love a little fruit salad of sliced strawberries, a tablespoon of feta (20 calories), and balsamic vinegar. The vinegar brings out the sweetness of the strawberries.</p> <h3>12. Yogurt</h3> <p>Yogurt is like a blank canvas. A cup of nonfat greek yogurt has 130 calories. You can eat it as is, or drizzle honey, jam, or chocolate syrup over the top. Or, go another direction and add some salsa. Fresh, chopped fruit is a natural on top. Granola is great, too, but make sure you use a low-fat granola, as granola can be very caloric.</p> <h2>Savory Snacks</h2> <p>Sometimes in the middle of the day sweet won't do, but savory will.</p> <h3>13. Garbanzo Beans</h3> <p>Also known as chickpeas, these little legumes are a terrific snack. My new favorite method? <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30368-spicy-oven-roasted-chickpeas">Oven-roasted</a> in a little olive oil, with spices. I particularly like this recipe because it includes cumin, one of my favorite spices. One-third cup has about 141 calories.</p> <h3>14. Miso Soup</h3> <p>Also great when I'm freezing in our over air-conditioned office: Miso soup. I buy the kind without MSG. A cup of miso soup, with the tofu pieces, is only 45 calories. It does contain a lot of sodium, so you'll need to be mindful of that.</p> <h3>15. Avocados</h3> <p>We now know avocados contain &quot;good fat,&quot; but you still need to watch how much you eat. Half of a medium avocado is about 140 calories and around 14 grams of fat. One of the great features of avocados is that they contain oleic acid, which helps signal your brain that you are full. So, you don't need to eat more than a couple of slices on a cracker or a piece of toast, and your stomach will be happy.</p> <h3>16. Popcorn</h3> <p>I'm not a fan of pre-packaged microwave popcorn, but food journalist and author Mark Bittman has a great method for making a more wholesome <a href="http://markbittman.com/real-popcorn/">microwaved popcorn</a>. If you have an office microwave, this is a big hit. Try curry powder, garlic powder, a little Parmesan, or Japanese furikake mix on top. A cup of popcorn contains 55 calories.</p> <h3>17. Edamame</h3> <p>Edamame, or boiled soybeans, are easy to prepare. They are good both warm or chilled. Simply boil until tender, drain, and add salt. A half cup has 120 calories, nine grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein! Experiment with adding seasonings &mdash; try sriracha sauce, oregano, or chili powder.</p> <h3>18. Hummus</h3> <p>The chickpeas again make an appearance, but this time in a creamy dip. There are 409 calories in a cup of hummus, but a cup is a very large snack. I find that about a third to a half is just right, paired with some whole grain crackers or carrot and celery sticks. If you want to reduce the fat in hummus even a little more, try making your own using part boiled soybeans.</p> <h3>19. Hard-Boiled Egg</h3> <p>Make a pot of hard-boiled eggs on a Sunday, and you'll have low-calorie (78 calories) snacks in their own packages all week. Not only is an egg really satisfying, but it also has six grams of protein. Want a little more variety? Make a deviled egg and mash the yolks with a little greek yogurt, curry or cumin, or add sriracha sauce.</p> <h3>20. Chips and Salsa</h3> <p>A half-cup of salsa has about 118 calories. There are many new types of tortilla chips out now that are very low-fat. (I like &quot;Beanitos,&quot; which do contain beans, and have only six grams of fat in 12 chips.) Salsa has a lot of flavor, so you won't feel deprived, and the bean chips are heartier because they contain more fiber.</p> <h3>21. Turkey and...</h3> <p>There are only 60 calories in four slices of lunchmeat turkey, and nine grams of protein. Pile it on a Wasa Crispbread (30 calories each), or roll up a celery stick. Try it with a thin layer of reduced-fat cream cheese and a dollop of cranberry jelly. Roll tightly and dip in dijon mustard. Place it in a rice-paper wrapper with sprouts, grated carrots, and a dollop of hoisin sauce.</p> <h3>22. Rice Cakes and...</h3> <p>While not all that satisfying on their own, there are umpteen ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">top a rice cake</a>. My favorite low-calorie/healthy toppings include cottage cheese, avocado slices, and white bean dip.</p> <h3>23. Pistachio Nuts</h3> <p>Yes, 48 pistachio nuts is a lot of nuts, but that is a one-ounce serving. They are also heart-healthy and give you something to do with your hands. I recommend these for boring webinars.</p> <h3>24. Cottage Cheese</h3> <p>At around 100 calories for a half-cup, cottage cheese is another great snack choice. Besides also getting calcium and protein, it's very versatile. I like it with a little salsa (red or green). Adding chopped green onions or chives also gives it a great flavor. Spoon it up, or spread it over a cracker.</p> <p>Just remember: proportion is key. Even the healthiest snack ceases to be beneficial if you overeat it.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite healthy snacks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Or perhaps you'd just like to expand your horizons in the kitchen by cooking with alcohol. Whatever the case, we've got you covered. Here are 12 uniquely delicious recipes you can make with beer.</p> <h2>1. Beer Bread</h2> <p>This <a href="https://blog.aldi.us/garlic-cheddar-beer-bread-cooking-with-beer/">cheddar beer bread</a> requires no kneading or rising. Just mix the ingredients together and bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown. The best part? All the ingredients of this bread can be purchased on the cheap at Aldi.</p> <h2>2. Beer-Cheese Fondue</h2> <p>Have a romantic date night in with this <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a15188/cheddar-beer-fondue-recipe-ghk0213/">beer-cheese fondue</a>. Combine 12 ounces of your favorite light beer with mustard, garlic, and hot sauce. Then add in cubed cheddar and cornstarch for texture. Serve with sliced bread, sausage, apple slices, or whatever else sounds good for dipping.</p> <h2>3. Beer Cake</h2> <p>Step dessert up a few notches with this <a href="http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/2013/03/guinness-chocolate-cake.html">Guinness chocolate cake</a> recipe. It's fudgey, dense, and incredibly flavorful &mdash; but you'd never guess beer (one cup) is the star ingredient. Don't forget the salted caramel glaze!</p> <h2>4. Beer Brownies</h2> <p>The same idea applies with these <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2014/09/beer-brownies/">beer brownies</a>. You'll dump a half cup of your favorite stout or dark beer into the batch. Of course, if you'd rather keep them alcohol-free, you can substitute cold coffee.</p> <h2>5. Beer Can Chicken</h2> <p>Here's the secret for the <a href="http://www.jocooks.com/main-courses/poultry-main-courses/beer-can-chicken/">juiciest chicken</a> on the block: Put a beer can in it while it bakes. You'll pour out a quarter of the beer into your roasting pan before rubbing down the chicken with different spices. Then place the chicken upright on the beer can and bake for a little over an hour.</p> <h2>6. Beer Chili</h2> <p>There's a whole bottle of amber beer inside Jimmy Fallon's <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/317342/jimmy-fallons-crock-pot-chili">Crock-Pot chili</a> recipe. First, brown chuck beef on your stovetop along with onions, garlic, and peppers. Then place all ingredients in your slow cooker and let simmer for five hours on high.</p> <h2>7. Beer Beef Stew</h2> <p>This hearty <a href="http://thisweekfordinner.com/2014/03/26/boozy-beef-stew/">beef stew</a> has a boozy twist. You'll pour two bottles into the stew before simmering to perfection in your Dutch oven. The rest is a mix of chunky meat and vegetables with a little Worcestershire sauce, paprika, tomato paste, and beef bouillon for added flavor.</p> <h2>8. Beer Ice Cream</h2> <p>Check out this <a href="http://theyummybits.com/becks-beer-ice-cream-with-chocolate-covered-pretzels/">beer ice cream</a> with chocolate covered pretzels. You'll stir a bottle of beer together with sugar, milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and eventually egg yolks. Once the mixture is completely combined and cooked, you'll process it in your ice cream maker and fold in the pretzels.</p> <h2>9. Beer Doughnuts</h2> <p>You don't need to wait until fall to make a batch of these <a href="http://cookingwithcurls.com/2013/09/20/apple-ale-doughnuts-spiked-recipe-challenge/">apple ale doughnuts</a>. Pour a full cup of apple ale (or apple cider) into a saucepan to reduce. Then stir it together with flour, sugar, eggs, spices, and other ingredients. Freeze dough before cutting out circles, then fry on your stovetop.</p> <h2>10. Beer Fish</h2> <p>Try this classic <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/02/beer-battered-fish-recipe.html">beer battered fish</a> recipe for dinner tonight. The batter comes together with flour, cornstarch, a bottle of beer, an egg, and some salt. Then heat oil in a Dutch oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit before dipping in the batter and frying to golden.</p> <h2>11. Beer BBQ Sauce</h2> <p>Slather this <a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/06/28/stout-sriracha-beer-barbecue-sauce/">stout and sriracha BBQ sauce</a> on anything and everything. All you do is heat the beer, sriracha, ketchup, and other spices over medium heat. Sauce is done when it's thick. Store in an airtight container in your fridge.</p> <h2>12. Beer Dip</h2> <p>If you don't have time to cook fondue, try this simple <a href="http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/beer-dip/">beer dip</a> instead. Stir together cream cheese, beer, ranch dressing mix, and shredded cheddar. That's all. Then serve with pretzels and veggies.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use beer in cooking?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I've splashed some in stir-fries and other dishes, but I've never made anything to write home about.</p> <p>Well that's about to change. Here are 12 fresh and flavorful ways to use wine in cooking and baking.</p> <h2>1. Wine Popsicles</h2> <p>Serve these very adult <a href="http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/roasted-strawberry-red-wine-popsicles.html">roasted strawberry red wine popsicles</a> at your next gathering. To make, just roast quartered strawberries coated in balsamic vinegar and sugar. Pulse half the strawberries in a food processor before mixing with the wine. Spoon remaining strawberries into popsicle molds and fill with the liquid before freezing.</p> <h2>2. Wine Chowder</h2> <p>Use a half cup of leftover wine in this <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/scallop-corn-chowder">scallop and corn chowder</a> recipe. A dry white wine works best with the light flavors in this dish. If you follow a pescetarian diet, you can easily substitute vegetable broth for the chicken and omit the bacon entirely.</p> <h2>3. Wine Poached Pears</h2> <p>Here's a refined dessert that will wow your guests: <a href="http://www.angsarap.net/2012/02/20/poached-pears/">red wine poached pears</a>. You'll need three hefty cups of your favorite sweet red wine. Otherwise, the process is quite simple. Pour lemon juice on your pears. Bring wine, sugar, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick to a boil before adding pears. Cook 12&ndash;15 minutes on all sides.</p> <h2>4. Wine Tartlets</h2> <p>These <a href="http://drizzleanddip.com/2013/04/12/red-wine-caramelised-onions-goats-cheese-tartlets">red wine caramelized onions and goat cheese tartlets</a> would make an incredible appetizer. To infuse the onions with the wine flavor, you'll first brown them on the stove. Then deglaze the pan with half a cup of the wine. Add the onions back in and cook with the remaining wine before assembling the tartlets.</p> <h2>5. Wine Mushrooms</h2> <p>Or try these <a href="http://www.jocooks.com/healthy-eating/red-wine-and-garlic-mushrooms/">red wine and garlic mushrooms</a> that require only five ingredients to make. Start the dish by melting the butter with olive oil and garlic. Pour in the wine and then toss in the mushrooms. Season with a little salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms are golden on all sides.</p> <h2>6. Wine Cupcakes</h2> <p>Grab a glass of your favorite prosecco and make these <a href="http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2010/12/sparkling-champagne-cupcakes.html">champagne cupcakes</a>. You'll mix the sparkling wine with sour cream and then fold it into the rest of the vanilla cupcake batter. Then hollow out the centers of the cupcakes to fill with the pastry creme filling.</p> <h2>7. Wine Beef Tips</h2> <p>Simmer tender sirloin to perfection in this <a href="http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/beef/beef-tips-in-red-wine-sauce.html">beef tips in red wine</a> recipe. After cooking the beef cubes, add onions and mushrooms until they are browned. Then add your wine, flour, and spices and heat around 20 minutes more on low. Add egg noodles to the dish before serving.</p> <h2>8. Wine Pasta</h2> <p>Start by cooking noodles in water and finish them in wine for this <a href="http://theitaliandishblog.com/imported-20090913150324/2013/4/9/drunken-pasta.html">drunken pasta</a>. As with most other recipes on this list, the alcohol cooks off before you eat. In this dish, though, your noodles will soak in a beautiful rose color to make your plate pop. Top with parsley and grated Pecorino Romano cheese.</p> <h2>9. Wine Bread</h2> <p>This <a href="http://thebreadmakers.blogspot.com/2013/07/olive-bacon-and-cheese-bread-recipe.html">olive, bacon, and cheese bread</a> is one of the most interesting loaves I've encountered in a while. It contains five ounces of white wine along with all sorts of robust ingredients. Each slice is so nutritionally complete, you can grab one to bring to work for a simple lunch.</p> <h2>10. Wine Brunch</h2> <p>Rabanadas are Portugal's answer to French toast. These <a href="http://casarosada-algarve.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/rabanadas-tipsy-slices.html">tipsy slices</a> are typically consumed during the Christmas holiday, but they would be a great brunch item no matter the time of year. In this recipe, the wine is in the syrup, so feel free to use the topping on pancakes, waffles, or whatever else you'd like to booze up.</p> <h2>11. Wine Fondue</h2> <p>I usually put beer in my cheese fondues, but this <a href="http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2010/06/2010-fifa-world-cup-italy-and-switzerland-pesto-fondue/">pesto fondue</a> has me itching to try something new. Along with the basil, pine nuts, cheese, and spices, you'll pour in one and a half cups of your favorite dry white wine. Eat immediately for the best experience.</p> <h2>12. Wine Soup</h2> <p>Just in time for CSA season, check out this <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/silky-leek-and-red-wine-soup">silky leek and red wine soup</a>. It'd go wonderfully with crusty bread and a good Bordeaux. As always, you can easily make this recipe vegetarian by using vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use wine in cooking?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-tasty-ways-to-cook-with-wine">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-jobs-for-foodies">12 Cool Jobs for Foodies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink alcohol Cooking desserts recipes snacks wine Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:00:14 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1445022 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party_snacks_000049131346.jpg" alt="Snack foods that you can make at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store is to shop the perimeter. Not only does avoiding all those packaged foods cost less, but it also keeps your health in check. Let's be real, though, some of those snack foods are absolutely delicious. So, why not try making a few of your favorites at home? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fruit Leather</h2> <p>Whipping up fresh <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/07/healthy-homemade-mango-fruit-roll-ups-recipe/">fruit roll-ups</a> is much easier than you might imagine. You'll puree fruit in a food processor until it's smooth. Then you'll spread it onto silicone baking mats and bake for three to four hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wax paper on the baked fruit, then slice into long rectangles and roll.</p> <h2>2. Trail Mix</h2> <p>There are many trail mix recipes on the web. This <a href="http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2014/08/sweet-salty-trail-mix-snacktoschool.html">sweet and salty mix</a> is one of my favorites because it contains healthy nuts, sunflower kernels, and tempting chocolate candy. Simply stir together a few cups of each ingredient and store in an airtight container.</p> <h2>3. Potato Chips</h2> <p>You can even make your own <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/70-light-as-air-potato-chips.html">potato chips</a> at home. Use a mandolin on its lowest setting to slice red potatoes about an hour before cooking them. Then heat canola oil in a skillet to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit, fry, and sprinkle with salt before serving.</p> <h2>4. Veggie Chips</h2> <p>Or try these <a href="http://www.superhealthykids.com/root-veggie-chip/">root veggie chips</a> for a twist on the classic crisp. Slice anything from sweet potatoes to yucca to beets with your mandolin &mdash; a bit thicker than you did in the potato chip recipe. Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.</p> <h2>5. Chocolate Bar</h2> <p>I've seen so many fancy chocolate bars at the store lately, and they're all super expensive. Make your own at home with this <a href="http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/2014/12/homemade-chocolate-bars-for-holiday.html">chocolate bar tutorial</a>. You'll need chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, and whatever else you like with your sweets. Melt chocolate, then pour it into a shallow loaf pan. Top with toppings and let set.</p> <h2>6. Graham Crackers</h2> <p>Elevate your s'mores with these homemade <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/homemade-graham-crackers-recipe/">graham crackers</a>. All it takes is a base of all-purpose and graham flour to get the right taste and texture. After everything is mixed, you'll roll out the dough and cut into squares before baking to a golden brown.</p> <h2>7. Cheese Crackers</h2> <p>These copycat <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/09/homemade-goldfish-crackers/">Goldfish crackers</a> are a hit with both kids and adults &mdash; and they only contain four ingredients. Pulse together cheese, butter, flour, salt, and a little water in your food processor. Then use a homemade cutout to shape your crackers before baking.</p> <h2>8. Pita Chips</h2> <p>Want something crunchy to snack on? Try baking up these <a href="http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/06/pita-chips.html">pita chips</a>. The recipe is so easy. Cut up store-bought pitas into wedges, place on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy with hummus and other dips.</p> <h2>9. Tortilla Chips</h2> <p>This same method can be applied to <a href="http://lovegrowswild.com/2014/05/baked-tortilla-chips/">tortilla chips</a> as well. Slice white corn tortillas into wedges, brush with oil, and add salt. Then bake 15 minutes until crisp. These taste way better than the kind you buy in the bag.</p> <h2>10. Fruit Snacks</h2> <p>Banish packaged fruit snacks from the pantry and make your own <a href="http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2014/08/kelsey-nixon-diy-fruit-snacks.html">DIY fruit snacks</a> instead. Just mix together fruit juice, gelatin, and a bit of honey before pouring into candy molds. Chill to set.</p> <h2>11. Pop-Tarts</h2> <p>Strawberry Pop-Tarts are one of my guilty pleasures. Good news: You can make healthier <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/05/homemade-pop-tarts/">homemade Pop-Tarts</a> in your own kitchen. Just mix together a basic pastry crust, fill it with strawberry preserves, and bake. Then top with an icing made of powdered sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla extract. Sprinkles are optional but highly recommended.</p> <h2>12. Cheese Puffs</h2> <p>I would have never imagined I could make <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/crunchy-cheese-puffs">DIY Cheetos</a>. Yet, here I am with a recipe to share. The process is a little tricky. Once you mix together the dough, you'll steam it and then dehydrate for up to 10 hours. Make a big batch: You can store in an airtight container for up to three months.</p> <h2>13. Fig Bars</h2> <p>Everyone loves sweet, chewy <a href="http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2013/07/homemade-paleo-diet-fig-newtons-gluten-free-and-dairy-free.html">Fig Newtons</a>. The filling is a natural combination of black figs, applesauce, agave, and cinnamon. Better yet, this recipe is suitable for those of you following the Paleo diet. Score!</p> <h2>14. Energy Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Bars">high-protein nutrition bars</a> taste a lot like the KIND bars all my health-conscious friends are toting around town. With eight different variations on the nut-and-dried fruit theme, there's something for everyone. I can't wait to try the dark chocolate and sea salt version. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p><em>What are you favorite snacks and goodies? Have you tried making them at home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Homemade recipes snacks treats Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1432563 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Reasons to Stop Buying Gas Station Food http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gas_station_000002993597.jpg" alt="Family deciding if they should buy food at a gas station" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have a craving for a breakfast burrito and your local gas station sits just a half-block away. Should you turn your wheel and head over?</p> <p>No!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-save-money-on-gas">Gas station</a> food is often loaded with calories and fat. The prices aren't as cheap as you think. And that gas station convenience store might not be the cleanest place in town. Not convinced? Then check out these 10 reasons why buying food or drinks at your local gas station's convenience store is a big mistake.</p> <h2>1. You're Wasting Money That You're Saving at the Pump</h2> <p>Gas prices are falling. On May 4, a gallon of regular gas cost an average of $2.62 around the country, according to AAA's <a href="http://www.fuelgaugereport.com">Fuel Gauge Report</a>. That's down from an average of $3.67 a gallon during the first week of May last year. Don't waste the money you're not pumping into your car. Skip the snacks and drive away.</p> <h2>2. We're Already Spending Too Much Inside Gas Stations</h2> <p>According to Convenience Store News, &quot;C-stores&quot; recently enjoyed <a href="http://www.csnews.com/industry-news-and-trends/corporate-store-operations/2014-was-historic-sales-year-us-c-store-industry">record in-store sales</a> &mdash; sales of items other than gas, basically. In 2014, in-store sales hit $214.9 billion. Think of how much you spent last year inside your local gas station. Now think of what else you could have done with that money.</p> <h2>3. You'll Start Your Day Off on the Wrong Foot</h2> <p>Say you should only consume from 1,600 to 1,800 calories a day. If you start your day with a chicken and cheese biscuit at your local Speedway, you'll consume 500 calories &mdash; and 29 grams of fat &mdash; for breakfast. If you opt for the sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, and cheese croissant, you'll scarf down 590 calories and 39 grams of fat. And it's all downhill from there.</p> <h2>4. What You Think Is Healthy Might Not Be</h2> <p>You'd think a wrap would be a healthier alternative to a hamburger or hotdog, but this isn't always the case. The chicken pepper jack wrap offered by FiveStar gas stations, for example, contains 764 calories and 37 grams of fat.</p> <h2>5. Getting Creative Can Get You in Trouble</h2> <p>The Sheetz gas station chain offers what it calls a walking taco &mdash; basically a taco in a bag that's easy to eat when you're, well, walking around. You can build your own walking taco at Sheetz, and that's where you can get into trouble. If you're adventurous enough to build a walking taco that includes Doritos, grilled chicken strips, Mexican black beans and rice, and something called boom-boom sauce, you will have created a treat with 760 calories and 38 grams of fat.</p> <h2>6. Coffee Will Kill You</h2> <p>Coffee drinks can be especially hard on your waistline at your local gas station. A medium mocha drink at Sheetz with 2% reduced-fat milk and chocolate mocha sauce clocks in at 660 calories and eight grams of fat. That's a lot of calories to drink.</p> <h2>7. Even Non-Coffee Drinks Can Hurt</h2> <p>A 22-ounce Coca-Cola Classic fountain drink at Speedway comes with 183 calories. That might not seem like a lot, but drink three of these &mdash; which isn't an unusually high number for many &mdash; and you've consumed 549 calories. That's about one third of the 1,800 calories that many people aim for, and those calories don't include a bite of real food.</p> <p>The Slurpee offered by 7-11 comes with about 99 calories for a 12-ounce serving. That might not seem like a lot, either, but Calorie King says that you'd have to walk for 27 minutes or jog for 11 to <a href="http://www.calorieking.com/foods/calories-in-beverages-fanta-slurpee-pina-colada-or-wild-cherry_f-ZmlkPTE5MDk5MQ.html">burn off those 99 calories</a>. And, again, you're not really eating any <em>food </em>for those calories.</p> <h2>8. Gas Station Food Isn't Always That Cheap</h2> <p>You might think you're spending pocket change at the gas station. But consider this example: You can buy a 20-ounce plastic bottle of Diet Pepsi at your local gas station convenience store for as high as $1.89 a bottle. Why not just buy a two-liter bottle of diet pop instead? You can find generic two-liter bottles for as low as 79 cents at some chain grocery stores. (And don't complain about the taste: Close your eyes and you can barely tell the difference between generic diet pop and the big two.)</p> <h2>9. You Don't Know How Long Food Has Been Sitting Out</h2> <p>Ever picked up a candy bar at your local gas station only to find dust on the package? Who knows how long that treat has been sitting on the shelf waiting for someone like you to pick it up? It's true, too, that you don't know how long your food has been sitting around before you order it at a typical fast-food or fast-casual restaurant. The same holds true at your local grocery store. But when there's dust on your Snickers bar? It's time to move on.</p> <h2>10. Gas Stations Aren't Always Clean</h2> <p>Many gas station owners keep their convenience stores clean. Many others, though, do not. Check out the bathroom; if you don't want to be in there, you probably don't want to buy anything to eat from the rest of the store, either. If the inside of the bathroom is gross, it's a safe bet that the inside of the Slurpee machine is gross, too.</p> <p><em>Do you splurge on gas station and convenience store snacks? What's your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-stop-buying-gas-station-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-lessons-i-learned-from-aldi">5 Frugal Lessons I Learned From Aldi</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping convenience stores Fast Food gas stations snacks Fri, 15 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Dan Rafter 1417848 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_granola_000044881128.jpg" alt="Woman eating easy and delicious bowl of granola" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hey, granola lovers! If you're not already making your own toasted oat and nut cereal, then shame on you. Not only is it much cheaper, but it's incredibly easy. For those of you who aren't believers, granola makes a healthy and hearty breakfast or snack, and the options are endless. Hopefully the sheer variety offered up in this article will entice you, granola fan or otherwise, to get baking.</p> <h2>1. Hazelnut Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/hazelnut-granola">high-protein granola</a> with hazelnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds that makes for a healthy but filling breakfast. Try it with whole, plain Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>2. Almond Joy Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/almond-joy-granola/">decadent granola</a> chock full of coconut, almonds, and dark chocolate (of course). The recipe adds some extra flavor and crunch with almond butter and coconut oil.</p> <h2>3. Cranberry Orange Granola</h2> <p>This <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2015/cranberry-orange-granola-recipe/">fragrant granola recipe</a> has lots of flavor with orange zest, pecans, a little cinnamon, and cranberries. It's a flavor combination that's great for the fall.</p> <h2>4. Olive Oil Granola With Dried Apricots and Pistachios</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/brown-butter-maple-granola">apricot and pistachio granola</a> gets a sophisticated flavor with a touch of bitter from the olive oil, which makes it healthier and adds good texture.</p> <h2>5. Vanilla Almond Granola</h2> <p>This <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/17/vanilla-almond-granola/">vanilla almond granola</a> is a classic flavor combo that's similar to the store-bought varieties your family knows and loves, and goes great with yogurt or milk.</p> <h2>6. Crunchy Buckwheat Granola</h2> <p>Try this for <a href="http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/crunchy-buckwheat-granola">extra crunchy granola</a> thanks to the buckwheat and sunflower seeds, which also add nutrition while keeping it gluten-free.</p> <h2>7. Pumpkin Pecan Granola</h2> <p>Pumpkin puree, spices, and maple syrup give this <a href="http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2014/09/25/homemade-pumpkin-pecan-granola/">autumn granola</a> a festive flavor. The pumpkin puree replaces some of the fat, too.</p> <h2>8. Cinnamon Walnut Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/cinnamon-walnut-granola-201000">cinnamon-flavored granola</a> with healthy flaxseed and walnuts. When serving, add fresh cut-up apple or banana.</p> <h2>9. Candied Ginger, Coconut, and Quinoa Granola</h2> <p>Healthy quinoa adds crunch while creating a <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/candied-ginger-coconut-and-quinoa-granola">gluten-free granola</a>. Candied ginger gives it a sweet but spicy kick for something different.</p> <h2>10. Big Cluster Peanut Butter Granola</h2> <p>A wetter than normal mix that produces crunchy, clustery results. This <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/big-cluster-peanut-butter-granola">nutty granola recipe</a> uses peanut butter and roasted peanuts for big flavor.</p> <h2>11. Apple Cinnamon Granola</h2> <p>A simple, nut-free <a href="http://mywholefoodlife.com/2012/10/30/apple-cinnamon-granola/">spiced granola</a> that uses applesauce instead of oil. Add dried apples once cooled for more apple flavor, and serve with yogurt.</p> <h2>12. Healthy Grain-Free Granola</h2> <p>If you love granola but aren't eating grains, try this <a href="http://wellnessmama.com/9315/coconut-granola/">grain-free recipe</a>. It's everything you could ever want, minus the oats.</p> <h2>13. Lemon Blueberry Granola</h2> <p>A unique, <a href="http://keepinitkind.com/lemon-blueberry-granola/">cereal-like granola</a> that incorporates corn flakes and puffed millet, making it great with milk. Dried blueberries and fresh lemon add fruity flavor.</p> <h2>14. Julie's Fancy Sprouted Granola</h2> <p>A healthy, <a href="http://blog.honest.com/fancy-oven-baked-sprouted-granola-recipe/#">sprouted granola recipe</a> that uses soaked millet, buckwheat, and chia seeds. it also calls for the healthier option of using coconut sugar and honey as sweeteners.</p> <h2>15. Oatmeal Cookie Granola</h2> <p>In the mood for a cookie but determined to eat healthier? Try <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2014/09/oatmeal-cookie-granola/">oatmeal cookie granola</a>, with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Try adding raisins once cool.</p> <h2>16. Banana Hemp Granola</h2> <p>For something different, make this <a href="http://www.happyolks.com/banana-hemp-granola/">chunky hemp granola</a> that's great with milk. Ripe bananas add sweetness and replace the oil, while also giving it nice banana flavor.</p> <h2>17. Cherry Coconut Granola</h2> <p>Dried tart cherries add a fruity flavor to this <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/dried-cherry-coconut-granola.aspx">coconut granola</a>. With pistachios and a pinch of cardamom, it's a simple but sophisticated breakfast or snack.</p> <h2>18. Triple Chocolate Crunch Granola</h2> <p>A <a href="http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/12/04/triple-chocolate-crunch-granola/">sweet granola</a> that can easily step in as dessert. With cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and dark chocolate-covered raisins, it's full of chocolatey flavor and tastes great plain.</p> <h2>19. Chai-Spiced Granola</h2> <p>This simple <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chai-spiced-granola-recipe/">chai granola</a> uses a medley of spices to recreate your favorite drink in cereal form. Eat it with yogurt and a chai latte!</p> <h2>20. Everything Granola</h2> <p>For the indecisive, just put <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/11/homemade-granola.html">everything in your granola</a> with tasty results. This recipe calls for almonds, pecans, walnuts, seeds, coconut, and more.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite granola recipe? Please share a handful in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-breakfast-dishes-for-your-grill">11 Delicious Breakfast Dishes for Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-easy-to-make-grab-and-go-snacks">24 Easy to Make Grab and Go Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast cereals granolas healthy recipes snacks Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1380924 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_smoothie_000052698074.jpg" alt="Couple enjoying delicious things made in a blender" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that you can make a wide range of delicious things with a good blender, from soup to nut butters? Dust off this often under-utilized kitchen appliance and give the following items a whirl. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender?ref=seealso">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a>)</p> <h2>1. Pancakes and Waffles</h2> <p>The next time you make pancake or waffle batter, try using your blender. Just toss all of the ingredients in, and switch on for a smooth mix; then pour your perfect portions straight from the pitcher. If you don't have a high-powered model, you may have to break up the mix with a spoon between pulses at first. Any standard recipe will work, just be sure to add mix-ins like fruit or chocolate chips by hand. This method is also great for <a href="http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2013/08/banana-oat-blender-pancakes-gluten-free-dairy-free-recipe/">gluten-free pancakes</a>.</p> <h2>2. Sauces</h2> <p>Homemade sauces become so much easier with the help of a blender. You can achieve a smooth consistency and even texture with the push of a button. Make your own <a href="http://www.kitchentreaty.com/our-very-favorite-homemade-pizza-sauce/">pizza sauce</a> for an above average homemade pizza experience. It also freezes well, so you can make a big batch. Or make your very own<a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/blender-hollandaise-sauce/">hollandaise sauce</a>! The blender emulsifies the sauce effortlessly for a silky brunch topping.</p> <h2>3. Soups</h2> <p>A great way to give your blender a workout is making smooth and creamy soups. The variety of recipes and flavors may surprise you. From creamy pumpkin and <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/butternut-squash-soup-with-ginger-15572">butternut squash soup</a>, to <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017010-seared-broccoli-and-potato-soup">potato and broccoli soup</a>, to <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/tomato-bisque-recipe.html">tomato bisque</a> &mdash; the possibilities are nearly endless. When blending hot soup, it's a good idea to let it cool off a bit before adding it to the blender. Puree in batches, and crack the top while covering with a kitchen towel to allow some heat to escape when the blender is on.</p> <h2>4. Condiments</h2> <p>If you've never thought about making your own condiments but you own a blender, give it a try! <a href="http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2012/01/how-to-make-homemade-mayonnaise-with-4-simple-ingredients/#sthash.n3TEAEVx.dpbs">Homemade mayonnaise</a> only requires four ingredients, and is far superior to its bottled counterpart. Or, if you want to go all out, <a href="https://www.vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/H/O/Homemade-Ketchup">make your own ketchup</a>. Home-filled bottles of this classic condiment make great gifts.</p> <h2>5. Quick Breads</h2> <p>When making quick breads, try using your blender to mix things up. You can add ingredients straight to the pitcher, making your blender the only &quot;bowl &quot; that will need cleaning. This gluten-free <a href="http://livesimply.me/2014/07/15/chocolate-swirl-banana-bread-blender/">chocolate banana bread</a> comes together in a flash, or try making <a href="http://www.amynewnostalgia.com/the-best-ever-zucchini-blender-bread/">blender zucchini bread</a>. The blender does all of the work, so you can forget about painstakingly shredding the zucchinis.</p> <h2>6. Protein Shakes</h2> <p>If you're looking to bulk up, you can make delicious and healthful <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/perfect-homemade-protein-shake/#YWq2XQBpiBMgGUxQ.97">protein shakes</a> at home. Some recipes don't even call for protein powder, but rely on nutritious banana and protein-rich yogurt, peanut butter, and chia seeds to provide energy. A <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/banana_cocoa_soy_smoothie.html">shake made with tofu</a> and soy milk also provides a healthy dose of protein, and tastes great with the addition of cocoa.</p> <h2>7. Peanut Butter</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-peanut-butter-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-199110">Homemade peanut butter</a> is a real treat, and you can make it in your very own blender! Add fresh-toasted nuts and pulse for minute increments, scraping down in between. Add a little salt and, if desired, honey or other flavorings, and pulse to combine. If you don't have a heavy-duty blender, be sure to work in intervals and don't over-work the machine. If it starts to smell smoky, let it rest for a few minutes.</p> <h2>8. Milkshakes</h2> <p>There's no need for a milkshake maker, your blender will do just fine. Start with a <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/classic-vanilla-milkshake-ghk">basic milkshake recipe</a> and then get creative. Add chocolate or fruit syrups, and mix-ins like candies, crumbled cookies, or fruit. Changing up the ice cream flavor yields great results, too. Don't forget the whipped cream and cherry on top!</p> <h2>9. Dressings</h2> <p>Making your own dressing is easy and so much better than store-bought, and with a blender, it gets easier still. You can make most <a href="http://www.today.com/id/36671580/ns/today-today_food/t/mark-bittmans--minute-dressings/#.VRV37vnF98F">salad dressings</a> in five minutes using a blender, including a fresh Italian dressing, a flavorful French variety, herb-filled green goddess dressing, and a soy vinaigrette. Blending your dressing makes for a smoother finished product since it does the emulsifying for you.</p> <h2>10. Sorbet</h2> <p>For an easy and quick dessert, <a href="http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1003505/3-easy-sorbets-made-in-the-blender">make your own sorbet</a> in a blender &mdash; no ice cream maker required. You won't need much more than frozen fruit and sweetener to achieve a cold, sweet treat. This method works best with a high-power blender, but if you're using a typical blender it will still work. When the mixture refuses to blend, stop the machine and stir. Work quickly, so that your mix doesn't melt!</p> <h2>11. Gluten-Free Pizza Crust</h2> <p>If you're living the gluten-free life or just want to cut down, you can use your blender to make a <a href="http://nutritionstripped.com/cauliflower-pizza-crust/">cauliflower pizza crust</a>. It's pretty amazing the things cauliflower will do, and this is no exception! Steam your cauliflower and then blend it up to a fine texture. Add a few ingredients and form into a round before baking, topping, and baking again. The results are surprisingly delicious.</p> <h2>12. Smoothies</h2> <p>Everyone knows you can make smoothies with a blender, but it's easy to forget the sheer variety. Try <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/965190/hearty-fruit-and-oat-smoothie">using oatmeal</a> in your next smoothie for a filling breakfast on the go. Add some nutrition and color with greens like in a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-smoothie-recipe">kale smoothie</a>, which pairs well with tangy fruit like pineapple. <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-blast-smoothie-recipe.html">Yogurt smoothies</a> provide protein with a creamy consistency. Get creative with different kinds of fruit, juices, milks, and fun additions like almond butter, chia seeds, and cocoa.</p> <h2>13. Dips</h2> <p>To whip up a tasty dip in no time, a blender is your answer. Make <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/03/hummus-in-the-blender.html">silky smooth hummus</a> in minutes, great for a party or for a weekday snack. Pair with carrot and cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, and pita chips. For a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/restaurant-style-salsa-recipe.html">restaurant-style salsa</a>, let your blender do the work. Use it to top tacos and burritos, or simply serve with corn chips.</p> <h2>14. Cocktails</h2> <p>There's nothing quite like a <a href="http://www.theyummylife.com/Frozen_Daiquiris">frozen daiquiri</a> on a summer afternoon. Simply add frozen fruit, lemonade/limeade, light rum, and ice, and whirl up. Try lots of different fruit flavors and serve in fun glasses for a perfect hot weather party drink. Use your blender to make other blended drinks like piña coladas, margaritas, and more. Your friends will thank you!</p> <h2>15. Pudding</h2> <p>Yes, pudding! Take some of the labor out of making homemade pudding by having the blender mix it up for you. You're guaranteed to have a silky smooth treat in no time flat. You can't go wrong with a <a href="http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2012/08/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-blender.html">dark chocolate peanut butter pudding</a>, or, for a healthier route, try a <a href="http://detoxinista.com/2013/02/vanilla-chia-pudding-vegan/">blended vanilla chia seed pudding</a>. It makes a great breakfast, or add chocolate to turn it into a low-guilt dessert.</p> <p><em>What do you like to mix in your blender? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-satisfying-stir-fries-in-20-minutes-or-less">9 Satisfying Stir-Fries in 20 Minutes or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-healthy-homemade-yogurt-recipes">6 Healthy Homemade Yogurt Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink blender Homemade quick meals recipes snacks Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:00:04 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1376656 at http://www.wisebread.com 17 Ways to Enjoy Greek Yogurt http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-enjoy-greek-yogurt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-ways-to-enjoy-greek-yogurt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-100268381-small_0.jpg" alt="yogurt" title="yogurt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe it's because I live near Chobani, one of the largest manufacturers in the entire country, but I am obsessed with Greek yogurt. As a vegetarian, too, I am always looking for tasty, convenient sources of meat-free protein to add to my diet. To avoid added sugar, I usually go for the plain variety, but that doesn't mean this healthy stuff can't be dressed up from time the time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yogurt-should-you-try-making-your-own?ref=seealso">Yogurt: Should You Make Your Own?</a>)</p> <p>Per cup, nonfat Greek yogurt contains 17 grams out of the daily recommended <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/how-much-protein">46 grams for women</a> and 56 grams for men. So, here are 17 smart and surprising recipes to tantalize your taste buds plus three helpful tips for how to make Greek yogurt your new favorite ingredient.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate Cake</h2> <p>You'll enjoy the goodness of Greek yogurt in both the base and frosting of this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/07/greek-yogurt-in-cake.html">chocolate cake</a>. Top with crushed cookies or even fresh fruit.</p> <h2>2. Cinnamon Buns</h2> <p>These <a href="http://roxanashomebaking.com/overnight-cinnamon-rolls-buns-recipe/">Overnight Cinnamon Buns</a> look worth the wait. There's a half cup of yogurt in the actual bun, and I'd suggest replacing the cream cheese in the frosting with more Greek yogurt in equal ratio.</p> <h2>3. Pancakes</h2> <p>Take your morning meal to the next level by adding a dose of lowfat protein to the mix. These <a href="http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/perfect-pancakes/">10-Minutes Pancakes</a> are easy to make and only 240 calories per serving.</p> <h2>4. Frozen Bites</h2> <p>Perfect for summer, these <a href="http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2013/12/23/frozen-greek-yogurt-and-pomegranate-bites/">Frozen Pomegranate Bites</a> are encased in cool Greek yogurt. Yet another genius use of an ice cube tray and totally adaptable. Use whatever fruit you have on hand! (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray?ref=related">You Won't Believe How Much You Can Save With an Ice Cube Tray</a>)</p> <h2>5. Yogurt Pops</h2> <p>All my favorite flavors mingle in these chocolate, peanut butter, and banana <a href="http://keepyourdietreal.com/food/dessert/frozen-chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-greek-yogurt-pops/">Greek Yogurt Pops</a>. After you blend the core ingredients, pour into plastic cups or molds. Once frozen, top with melted chocolate and any toppings your heart desires.</p> <h2>6. Tropical Smoothie</h2> <p>Greek yogurt works wonderfully in smoothies and sounds particularly delicious in this <a href="http://www.bhg.com/blogs/delish-dish/2013/03/28/ingredient-obsession-tropical-berry-smoothies-with-greek-yogurt/">tropical mix</a>. I love a quick, portable breakfast that's full of good protein. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grab-and-go-post-workout-breakfasts?ref=related">15 Grab-And-Go Post-Workout Breakfasts</a>)</p> <h2>7. Cookie Dip</h2> <p>I'm salivating at the mere idea of this <a href="http://www.newimagecamp.com/blog-cookie-dough-greek-yogurt-recipe/">Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt</a>. It has all the flavor without the guilt, and you can use whatever nut butter or sweeteners you have in your pantry.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Pudding</h2> <p>I most often eat Greek yogurt this way: Combine 1 cup nonfat yogurt with 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and about 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup. You can also add vanilla extract to taste. Mix together with a fork until fully incorporated. A healthy pudding snack!</p> <h2>9. Breakfast Bowl</h2> <p>And you can't beat the classic breakfast bowl combining a cup of Greek yogurt, sliced seasonal fruit, and cereal or granola. It's the fastest way to get all the health with an extra punch of flavor.</p> <h2>10. Mac and Cheese</h2> <p>Please the whole family with this <a href="http://cookingalamel.com/2013/08/creamy-greek-yogurt-mac-cheese.html">Mac and Cheese</a> recipe is incredibly creamy and also full of spinach for some extra flair.</p> <h2>11. Brownies</h2> <p>Who doesn't love a dense, chocolatey brownie? This <a href="http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/greek-yogurt-brownies/">particular batch</a> contains over a cup of yogurt and seems to have replaced some of the butter/oil and the eggs.</p> <h2>12. Dipped Fruit</h2> <p>Another cool trick (literally): Take fruit &mdash; like strawberries, bananas, blueberries, etc. &mdash; and dip them in Greek yogurt. Then freeze atop a baking sheet. That's all you do for this good-for-you treat!</p> <h2>13. Biscuits</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-recipes/fluffy-greek-yogurt-biscuits">Fluffy Greek Yogurt Biscuits</a> are like dinner rolls on steroids. I've made this recipe several times, and I make them savory by omitting the sugar and lemon zest and adding extra pepper.</p> <h2>14. Popsicles</h2> <p>Impress your friends with these <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/05/blueberry-greek-yogurt-popsicles.html">Blueberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles</a> at your next party. They're not only gorgeous, but you can also use a wide variety of fruit to flavor the base recipe in equal ratio.</p> <h2>15. Cheese</h2> <p>Yes. <a href="http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com/2013/07/31/greek-yogurt-cheese/">Greek yogurt cheese</a> is a thing! And all that's involved is cheesecloth, a sieve, and some patience. Just drain the whey from the yogurt, which takes three days, and enjoy.</p> <h2>16. Deviled Eggs</h2> <p>That backyard picnic is just begging for these healthy <a href="http://www.fannetasticfood.com/recipes/healthy-deviled-eggs/">Deviled Eggs</a> made with &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; Greek yogurt. Just boil your eggs, then mix the hard yolks with the yogurt, some mustard, and spices, and you're ready to relax before company arrives.</p> <h2>17. Ice Cream Sandwiches</h2> <p>Delicious <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2013/08/chocolate-dipped-strawberry-greek.html">strawberry yogurt ice cream</a> is the highlight of this frozen dessert recipe. Just mix all the ingredients together, line a baking dish with graham crackers, spoon on the ice cream, chill, and proceed with the chocolate coating.</p> <h2>Non-Specific Greek Yogurt Tips</h2> <p>Crazily enough, Greek yogurt's viscous reach extends beyond these 17 recipes! True yogurt heads may find the following tips helpful.</p> <h2>1. Make a Simple Swap</h2> <p>I make a habit of swapping out certain ingredients &mdash; like sour cream &mdash; with Greek yogurt. If you're looking to streamline your refrigerator, check out Stonyfield's <a href="https://www.stonyfield.com/sites/default/files/attachments/yogurt-substitution-guide_1.pdf">helpful guide</a> for subbing in yogurt for butter, oil, mayonnaise, heavy cream, buttermilk, and more. Most are a 1:1 swap.</p> <h2>2. Shop Around</h2> <p>Large quantities of Greek yogurt can cost upwards of $6 or more per container. Over time, that can feel like quite an investment. I recently discovered that a 32 ounce container of Greek yogurt at my local Aldi store is only $3.89, which saves my family around $110 per year from our previous buying habits.</p> <h2>3. Try Homemade Yogurt</h2> <p>Still, if you find yourself grabbing for that container more and more each day, you might consider making your own Greek yogurt at home. All you need is milk, nonfat milk powder, and a little yogurt to get started. The trick is <a href="http://www.savorysimple.net/homemade-greek-yogurt/">in the straining</a>, which will take around 7-8 hours to let 2 cups of liquid drain and create the classic consistency you're after.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to enjoy Greek yogurt? Please share some in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-enjoy-greek-yogurt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-5-diet-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years">Make These 5 Diet Moves Now or You&#039;ll Regret It in 20 Years</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dieting greek yogurt snacks yogurt Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1152745 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Snacks That Will Keep You Energized Through the Day http://www.wisebread.com/20-snacks-that-will-keep-you-energized-through-the-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-snacks-that-will-keep-you-energized-through-the-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-481914457.jpg" alt="woman holding fruit" title="woman holding fruit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="184" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to bust through the afternoon lull? A snack can be a fantastic energy boost, but try your best to avoid those vending machines. Sure that tasty candy bar might give you a temporary high, but you'll come crashing down hard and have less energy than you started with. Plus, over time those quarters add up. If you spend $1.50 a day, that's $7.50 back in your pocket at the end of each week (and $30 a month and $360 a year!).</p> <p>The following foods are great on their own, but even better in combination. Try pairing carbohydrates with protein or healthy fats for the most punch and hunger satisfaction. And be sure to substitute homemade treats in place of their packaged counterparts &mdash; it just takes a little planning ahead.</p> <h2>1. Nuts</h2> <p>A super portable, energy-packed snack I often overlook? Nuts! I love grabbing a handful (about an ounce) of almonds or walnuts to eat with fruit, sprinkle crushed atop yogurt, or toss in oatmeal. The healthy fats and omega-3s are a smart choice and keep you fuller longer than sugars alone. Plus, it might <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/21/246549388/nuts-for-longevity-daily-handful-is-linked-to-longer-life">help you live longer</a>!</p> <h2>2. Dried Fruit</h2> <p>If you're like me, you tend to forget about fruit until it is beyond ripe. Dried might be more expensive, but it will keep longer and also satisfy your desire for a chewy snack better than, say, a Snickers bar. Plus, dried fruit is versatile. If you'd like to experiment with making your own, check out this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-dried-up-how-to-dry-fruits-and-vegetables">awesome tutorial</a>.</p> <h2>3. Fresh Fruits</h2> <p>Basically, you can't go wrong with fruit. However, since fruits do contain natural sugars, it's wise to keep your intake in check and avoid the highest rankers on the <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods.htm">glycemic index</a>. Good options include grapefruit, watermelon, prunes, pears, peaches, and apples. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-and-store-fruit-for-maximum-freshness-and-flavor?ref=seealso">The Best Ways to Choose and Store Fruit</a>)</p> <h2>4. Fresh Veggies</h2> <p>The same goes for vegetables. Did you know that cooked carrots <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=newtip&amp;dbid=38">contain more sugar</a> than their raw brothers? It's true! Cooking some vegetables converts their starches to sugars, which bumps cooked carrots a bit higher up the glycemic index than uncooked carrots. So, be sure to stick with raw vegetables for the healthiest snacking (and dip in some hummus for bonus energy points). If you're not so great at grab-and-go, peel and chop veggies on the weekend and pack in containers or baggies to toss in your lunch box.</p> <h2>5. Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>Every Sunday I make a dozen hard-boiled eggs for the week. I follow Martha Stewart's <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354061/perfect-hard-boiled-eggs">easy method</a>, and they turn out perfect every time. Eggs are a seriously fantastic and portable source of protein, and I love eating them cold. Prepping just takes 20 minutes, and they keep fresh for several days. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs?ref=seealso">6 Ways to Cook Eggs Perfectly</a>)</p> <h2>6. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>An excellent, low-fat and low-sugar protein source, Greek yogurt pairs well with both sweet and savory items. Eat a cup of it with sliced fruit or &mdash; my favorite &mdash; whisk together with a little cocoa powder and dribble of maple syrup for a nutritious, pudding-like dish.</p> <h2>7. Hummus</h2> <p>Garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) are a beautiful and cheap protein source. Since tahini, which is found in most traditional hummus recipes, is somewhat pricey, I just throw together my own mix in the blender:</p> <ul> <li> <p>1 can garbanzo beans</p> </li> <li> <p>Splash of lemon juice</p> </li> <li> <p>Salt and pepper to taste</p> </li> <li> <p>Cumin (or whatever else I have on hand)</p> </li> </ul> <p>Then I mix however much water it takes to achieve my favorite texture. Serve with sliced carrots, whole grain crackers, or pita bread.</p> <h2>8. Beans</h2> <p>Along those same lines, beans of <em>all</em> varieties are full of healthy protein and fiber. They can be tossed onto greens, sandwiched in a wrap, or even used in baked goods (as you'll see later). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Delicious and Healthy Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>9. Nut Butters</h2> <p>Natural mixes or homemade blends are best to avoid added sugar, but nut butters of all varieties are a good choice and pair well with fruit (think a tablespoon peanut butter with a banana), whole grain breads and crackers, and even oatmeal. My <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe">favorite peanut butter recipe</a> can be processed together in a few minutes using just peanuts, salt, and a little oil.</p> <h2>10. Cheese</h2> <p>Though I love string cheese for its portability, unit prices tell me that cubing my own is best. The protein and healthy fats make for staying power. Plus, cheese goes great with sliced fresh fruits and veggies and many grains. I even like to zap some in the microwave over whole wheat saltines for a melty snack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fat-filled-foods-you-should-stop-avoiding?ref=seealso">Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding</a>)</p> <h2>11. Cottage Cheese</h2> <p>I have a serious love affair with low-fat cottage cheese. Just one cup contains an impressive 28 grams of protein. I like to top mine with sliced peaches or even just a sprinkle of paprika. I keep it simple, but cottage cheese is by far my favorite pick on this list.</p> <h2>12. Tuna</h2> <p>My husband swears by canned tuna (packed in water) for his afternoon boost. He likes to eat it plain mixed with spicy mustard atop crackers. Sometimes he tosses it with sliced avocado and eats it like a salad. A 3-ounce serving contains 16 grams of protein, as well as <a href="http://www.starkist.com/product/chunk-light-tuna-water">140 mg EPA and DHA</a> combined.</p> <h2>13. Turkey</h2> <p>Hungry? Slap a couple slices of lean turkey between two half slices of bread and squirt with mustard for a mini-sandwich. Or skip the bread entirely and instead combine with some apples and cheese for a meat roll-up.</p> <h2>14. Cereal and Milk</h2> <p>Maybe a little crunch might help invigorate you! Instead of grabbing greasy potato chips, try some healthy cereals (no sugars added, whole grain, etc.) with a serving of low-fat milk. It's one of the most classic carb and protein mixes, and its power should be harnessed beyond the breakfast table.</p> <h2>15. Trail Mix</h2> <p>Instead of opting for the packaged variety, take control over your trail mix by making it at home. You can combine your favorite ingredients and even save a little money in the process (check your favorite discount grocers and bulk sections for discounts on ingredients). I do about a quarter to a third cup of dried fruit mix with an equal ratio of nuts. Toss in some dark chocolate chips for a little sweetness.</p> <h2>16. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>Yes, that's right. You can eat some chocolate if you're feeling sluggish &mdash; just keep it in moderation. I've written much already about the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-reasons-you-should-eat-more-chocolate">many benefits of eating chocolate</a>, and experts agree that darker is better. Combine with fresh or dried fruit or nuts for added staying power. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-the-best-reason-to-eat-more-chocolate?ref=seealso">Flavonoid Content in Different Cocoa Products</a>)</p> <h2>17. Oatmeal</h2> <p>When I worked a desk job, one of my secret afternoon energy weapons was my <a href="http://thelemonbowl.com/2013/01/make-your-own-instant-oatmeal.html">homemade oatmeal mix</a>. I stashed a container of it in my bottom drawer and would pull it out when I needed a hearty snack. With all the carbohydrates and fiber, you'll enjoy lots of sustained energy until dinner.</p> <h2>18. Energy Bars</h2> <p>Again, homemade is best when it comes to treats like energy bars. I love the secret ingredient in these delicious <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/10/08/fudge-brownie-chocolate-protein-bars/">Chocolate Brownie Protein Bars</a> &mdash; black beans, which give each around 7 grams of protein per serving. If you do choose packaged varieties, be sure to keep the sugar content in check. Some contain as much as your vending machine foes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">20 Homemade Energy Bars</a>)</p> <h2>19. Smoothies</h2> <p>Combine low-fat milk, non-fat yogurt, fruits, and even greens in healthy smoothies. This snack can be hard to mix on the go, but don't fret! If you have a fridge at work, consider making a smoothie the night or morning before and <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/can-i-make-smoothies-the-night-before-good-questions-199508">saving for later</a> slurping.</p> <h2>20. Water</h2> <p>If you know your stomach is full, but you still find yourself dragging, think back to how much water you've had to drink. Often dehydration creeps in when you least expect it and can sabotage your day, week, or even month if not addressed. Adding lemon and lime to a nice, cold glass of water gives you a much-needed jolt without caffeine or sugar. Definitely worth a try on its own or in combination with these other snacks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eight-natural-ways-to-make-water-more-flavorful?ref=seealso">Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful</a>)</p> <p><em>What are your favorite high-energy snacks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-snacks-that-will-keep-you-energized-through-the-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">Cheaper and Healthier: 20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips energy bars energy food Homemade snacks Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:48:19 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1135772 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheaper and Healthier: 20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178468089.jpg" alt="energy bars" title="energy bars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a health conscious person, an athlete, or just prefer eating whole foods, energy bars can be a convenient snacking option. Thing is, I used to spend so much money buying packaged energy bars to fuel my running (and fill my stomach). Then one day I decided to make my own, and I never turned back.</p> <p>Here are 20 fantastic energy bar recipes you can make in your own kitchen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">Delicious, Healthy, Frugal Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Nutty Flavor</h2> <p>These <a href="http://lemonsandbasil.com/almond-date-and-hemp-energy-bars/">Almond, Date, and Hemp Bars</a> get great flavor from using dry roasted almonds. Honey is a great natural sweetener, but if you follow a vegan diet, I'm sure maple syrup would work well as a substitute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=seealso">Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>2. Plant Protein</h2> <p>Another great option: <a href="http://sweetgreen.tumblr.com/post/74725738180/vegan-hemp-bars">Cranberry-Apricot Hemp Bars</a>. If you're already seeing a common theme with ingredients, it might be interesting to point out that hemp is a great source of plant protein. All the nutrition without strange or hard-to-digest ingredients.</p> <h2>3. Crispy Crunch</h2> <p>For a bit of indulgence, these <a href="http://skinnyluscious.blogspot.com/2014/02/peanut-butter-chocolate-energy-bars.html">Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bars</a> sure fit the bill. I love the inclusion of crispy rice cereal to give them some added crunch. This recipe is also gluten-free.</p> <h2>4. Kid-Pleaser</h2> <p>For a healthy treat your kids will love, try these <a href="http://boulderlocavore.com/2014/01/supersonic-peanut-butter-energy-bars-that-kids-and-adults-will-love.html">Supersonic Peanut Butter Energy Bars</a>. Again, crispy rice cereal is high on the ingredients list, but this recipe is rounded out by a wide variety of nuts and seeds.</p> <h2>5. Fancy Energy</h2> <p>This bar seems quite refined, if you ask me. Yeah, <a href="http://dailyburn.com/life/recipes/fig-walnut-energy-bars/">Fig and Walnut Energy Bars</a> sound like a culinary masterpiece &mdash; not just something to get you through a tough workout or 3 p.m. lull. The recipe calls for ⅓ cup brown sugar, but I'd experiment with lower glycemic alternatives like coconut sugar. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-clever-ways-to-dress-up-cheap-food?ref=seealso">Clever Ways to Dress Up Cheap Food</a>)</p> <h2>6. Sweet Indulgence</h2> <p>If you'd like to fool yourself into thinking you're eating dessert, these <a href="http://atastylovestory.com/energy-bars-for-everyone-paleo-lchf-raw-vegan-all-natural/">Banana-Almond Butter Layer Bars</a> should do the trick. Yet, they're Paleo, raw, vegan, low-carb, and &mdash; as the author writes &mdash; &quot;all-natural and amazing!&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Fast &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>7. Unique Protein</h2> <p>These <a href="http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2013/02/22/gluten-free-vegan-quinoa-protein-bars/">Quinoa Protein Balls</a> contain four different Super Foods: quinoa, dates, almonds, and dark chocolate. I absolutely love the inclusion of quinoa, as it's an ingredient I've never thought to add to an energy bar.</p> <h2>8. Sweet and Spicy</h2> <p>For something a little different, these <a href="http://shescookin.com/2013/03/05/sweet-spicy-energy-bars/">Sweet and Spicy Energy Bars</a> should strike your fancy. I love how they're coated in unsweetened coconut flakes, which gives them nice flavor and texture.</p> <h2>9. Just 3 Ingredients</h2> <p>Looking for a simple recipe that comes together in a flash? These <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-easy-3-ingredient-energy-bars-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-184306">3-Ingredient Energy Bars</a> contain just 1 cup dried fruit, 1 cup nuts, and 1 cup pitted dates. So, they're super customizable to whatever you have on hand.</p> <h2>10. Sesame Goodness</h2> <p>I absolutely love the taste of sesame seeds, so when I came across this <a href="http://ifoodreal.com/roasted-sesame-peanut-butter-protein-bars/">Roasted Sesame and Peanut Butter Bar</a> recipe, I ran to my pantry to see if I had all the ingredients required. Of course, you can buy sesame seeds already roasted, but the author says to &quot;roast flax seeds in a stove top pan and grind in a food processor.&quot;</p> <h2>11. The Mouthful</h2> <p>Try saying this 10 times fast: <a href="http://dessertswithbenefits.com/cinnamon-raisin-peanut-butter-fudge-protein-bars/">Cinnamon-Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars</a>. Despite being a mouthful, they certainly look tasty. And their texture is very unique for homemade recipes I've encountered.</p> <h2>12. Chunky Monkey</h2> <p>If you'd rather snack on a smaller bite, these <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/12/automatic-healthy-eating-tip-4-recipe.html">Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Chunks</a> are for you! They contain just six ingredients and pulse together in minutes. Just scoop with a tablespoon and let set in the fridge &mdash; no baking required.</p> <h2>13. Double Chocolate</h2> <p>Beyond an energy boost, these <a href="http://www.eatgood4life.com/?blogger=http://eatgood4life.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-bake-double-chocolate-and-prune.html">Double Chocolate Prune Bars</a> claim to lower your cholesterol. The whole idea is that prunes are rich in soluble fiber, which is a key nutritional trick to lowering your numbers.</p> <h2>14. 6 Minutes to Make</h2> <p>Talk about fast! These <a href="http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2012/09/raw-vegan-energy-bars-with-walnut-chia.html">Walnut, Chia, Cherry and Pepita Energy Bars</a> apparently take just six minutes to make. They are also raw and vegan, and though it isn't explicitly mentioned, also gluten-free.</p> <h2>15. Packs Greens</h2> <p>Mighty greens enrich these&nbsp;<a href="http://ohalmonds.blogspot.fr/2013/01/green-energy.html">Spirulina-Vanilla Bars</a>. The author writes that this recipe is a copycat of a bar she used to stock up on at the store, but making them at home became a much less expensive option. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-restaurant-dishes-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">Restaurant Dishes You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>16. Hidden Raisins</h2> <p>Here's another <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/03/chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-bars.html">Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bar</a> recipe. However, if you're not a fan of dates &mdash; this one's for you. It's made with raisins to help bind everything together with natural sweetness.</p> <h2>17. Protein-Packed</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.ediblesoundbites.com/home/2014/2/5/no-bake-peanut-butter-energy-bars.html">Peanut Butter Energy Bars</a> boast an impressive 15 grams of protein per serving. The author writes that they are both soft and chewy, but also have some of that delicious crumbliness we all love.</p> <h2>18. Candy Imposter</h2> <p>Want to pretend you're eating candy? I was fooled by these <a href="http://dessertswithbenefits.com/chocolate-peanut-caramel-protein-bars/">Chocolate Peanut With Caramel Protein Bars</a>. They look like a popular brand of candy, but their ingredients list is healthy and a great option if you're weaning yourself off refined sugar fuel.</p> <h2>19. Brownie Imposter</h2> <p>The fun doesn't stop there, these <a href="http://askgeorgie.com/homemade-protein-bars/">Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Protein Bars</a> look just like my favorite batch of brownies. They contain a hefty 1/3 cup of whey protein powder, but I'm sure you could substitute whatever powder is already in your kitchen cabinet.</p> <h2>20. Cake Imposter</h2> <p>Yup &mdash; I'm still running with the theme. Then there's these <a href="http://askgeorgie.com/lemon-poppy-protein-bars-plus-gluten-free-version/">Lemon Poppy Protein Bars</a> that look &mdash; and taste &mdash; just like cake. However, the author writes that 30% of this bar's calories come from protein. That's a great ratio. There's also a gluten-free option if you're looking for substitutions.</p> <p><em>Have you made protein or energy bars at home? What's your go-to recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-snacks-that-will-keep-you-energized-through-the-day">20 Snacks That Will Keep You Energized Through the Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink energy bars healthy snacks snacks Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:48:16 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1132807 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-154197215.jpg" alt="appetizers" title="appetizers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite type of party is the cocktail party. My parents threw quite a few of them in the '60s and '70s. To me, of course, it wasn't about the cocktails, but rather the dazzling array of interesting snacks. What a reprieve from ordinary dinner! Although I'd love to chow down on a cheese ball or hold down the couch with a bag of chips and some clam dip again, I am trying much harder to eat healthily. Fortunately, our good friends also love cocktail parties, and we have come up with some healthier snacks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-two-ingredient-cocktails?ref=seealso">Tasty Two-Ingredient Cocktails</a>)</p> <h2>Soup to Nuts</h2> <p>Especially when it is chilly, a small cup of soup is welcome. This is also fun, because it is an unexpected &quot;party&quot; food.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/health-starts-here%C2%AE-butternut-squash-soup">Butternut squash soup</a> or <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-tomato-soup-10000001842368/">tomato soup</a> are good choices. If you serve the soup in small cups or bowls, there is no need to bother with spoons. Squash contains beta carotene, which our bodies convert to Vitamin A. Tomatoes give us a boost of vitamins A and C plus lycopene. It's nice to serve some whole-grain crackers on the side.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/nuts/art-20046635">Nuts are a very healthy snack</a>, especially almonds, walnuts, and cashews. To make them more party-friendly, here is what I do:</p> <h3>Marla's Party Nuts</h3> <p><em><strong>Ingredients</strong></em></p> <ul> <li>2 cups of shelled walnuts, cashews, almonds, or a mix of anything you like</li> <li>1 T olive oil</li> <li>1 t garlic salt</li> <li>1 t oregano</li> </ul> <p><em><strong>Method</strong></em></p> <p>Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet and toast for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once halfway. Serve warm from the oven.</p> <h2>Spreads</h2> <p><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/mushroom-toasts-235868">Mushroom toasts</a> are so hearty, you won't miss having dinner after cocktails. I'm cheap, so I just use plain old white mushrooms. To keep the calories down, I also use reduced-fat sour cream. These are nice to have if some of your guests are vegetarians, too. Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of?ref=seealso">Nutrients You Need More Of</a>)</p> <p>Lately, I have been experimenting with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes">eggplant recipes</a>. Eggplant has also been shown to be promising in lowering your risk of heart disease, as it is rich in phytochemicals. <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/saucesdipsspreads/r/babaganoush.htm">Baba ghanoush</a> is not only fun to say but is also fun to eat with crispy toasts, crackers, or whole-grain chips.</p> <h2>Fish and Seafood</h2> <p><a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/maui-ahi-poke-90880">Poke</a> is one of my favorite foods. If you can get fresh ahi (yellowfin tuna), this is a great party dish filled with protein and low in carbohydrates.</p> <p>Let's not forget shrimp, though, which is similarly nutritious, and delicious in this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lemon-Ginger-Shrimp/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Lemon Ginger Shrimp</a>. I buy frozen shrimp in large bags when on sale. If you clean and boil it yourself, there is a significant savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">70 Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <p>Also great for parties? <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bK6UXe7m1o">Smoked salmon</a>. Try making your own, and get those Omega-3 fatty acids for your &quot;good&quot; cholesterol.</p> <h2>Dips</h2> <p>I know I took you down memory lane when I referenced the clam dip, above. Good news: There is a <a href="http://www.kiana.com/recipe-low-fat-clam-dip/">low-fat clam dip</a> (gotta love Greek yogurt). Clams are a great source of iron, something I am always nagging my daughter to eat. Keep it low-fat by nixing the potato chips. Opt for toasted pita chips, instead.</p> <p><a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_guacamole/">Guacamole</a>, anyone? Look at all the <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/8-healthy-facts-about-avocados">health benefits of avocados</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6. Half an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat. One globe contains more than one-third daily value of vitamin C, and more than half the day's requirements of vitamin K.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/horseradish-cottage-cheese-dip">Cottage Cheese Dip</a> didn't sound all that exciting to me, but this one has horseradish in it, which really makes it zippy. I used low-fat cottage cheese, which is low in calories but high in protein. Pass the dip! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-beef-tasty-frugal-protein?ref=seealso">Tasty, Frugal, Non-Beef Protein</a>)</p> <h2>Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>At the most recent cocktail party we attended, the guest of honor, who was raised in Ecuador, was busily frying <a href="http://southamericanfood.about.com/od/appetizersfirstcourses/r/chifles.htm">plantain chips</a>. These are so wonderful! I could have eaten them all. Traditionally, they are fried in lard, but he used vegetable oil and drained them well. I was surprised to learn that plantains contain more vitamin A, C, and potassium than regular bananas. They were a very fun party food, and we ate them as quickly as Fernando fried them.</p> <p>Another interesting vegetable is kale. Kale is so &quot;hot&quot; right now in the veggie world. You see it in everything from smoothies to bagged, fresh salads. I like <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Kale-Chips/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">Baked Kale Chip</a> for parties because they are high in Vitamins A, C, and K, so I feel like I am serving my guests something good for them. I think these baked chips are best when eaten right away. Watch them carefully so that they don't burn. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>Meats, Poultry, and Tofu</h2> <p>In keeping with my obsession with All Things Skewered, check out <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-chicken-satay/">Easy Chicken Satay</a>. We eat lots of chicken because it is high in protein, low in fat, and usually very affordable. I recommend a peanut sauce for dipping.</p> <p>If you are looking for a kebab that is high in vitamin B12, check out these <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/recipes/spicy-beef-kebabs/rcp-20049622">Spicy Beef Kebabs</a>. The sauce is a keeper, too.</p> <p>I cannot leave out these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-tofu-skewers-with-sriracha-sauce/">Grilled Tofu Skewers</a> because they have Sriracha sauce on them. Tofu is high in protein, calcium, and iron. Yum!</p> <h2>Pick-Up Nibbles</h2> <p>Edamame is the Japanese word for boiled soybeans. Edamame is chock-full of health benefits: Fiber, protein, and vitamins C and A. They are especially delicious when they are still warm. We like to toss ours with sea salt, after draining well. They are also easy to make. If you can boil water, you can make Edamame.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/spinach-stuffed-mushrooms">Stuffed mushrooms</a> are another popular party food. My mother would have made them with sausage, which is delicious, but they are a little healthier with spinach and feta (and equally tasty).</p> <p>Being a child of the '60s and '70s, I cannot leave out <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/healthy-party-snack-mix">Party Mix</a>. Lots of fiber and nuts, and less fat, are featured in this version.</p> <p>Lastly, who can leave a bowl of mixed olives alone? Many stores now have &quot;olive bars,&quot; but you can certainly make your own <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Marinated-Olives/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">marinated olives</a>. Olives are a great place to get fiber, vitamin E, and iron. Make sure you have little plates and toothpicks at the ready.</p> <p><em>What healthy appetizers do you enjoy making? Please pass them around in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">Cheaper and Healthier: 20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink appetizers cheap recipes healthy snacks snacks Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:24:20 +0000 Marla Walters 1125290 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-80402821.jpg" alt="snacks" title="snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eating a balanced, whole foods diet can, at times, seem expensive and inconvenient. However, it&#39;s worthwhile to eat well for better energy levels, mental clarity, and general health &mdash; and this involves actual meals <em>plus</em> smart snacking. It&#39;s true that many of the packaged snacks on the shelves in your local health food store cost more than their conventional counterparts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks?ref=seealso">Healthy Road Trip Snacks</a>)</p> <p>Here are some ideas that are a little, well, out of the box.</p> <h2>1. Fruits and Veggies</h2> <p>It doesn&#39;t get easier or less expensive than simple fruits and vegetables. To save on spending, try to pick up produce at your local farmers market or buy seasonal fruit and vegetables at the store. Some varieties, as you know, even come with their own natural packaging, like bananas, oranges, avocados, and apples. For the rest, just wash, chop, and portion ahead of time for a quick, grab-n-go snacking experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month?ref=seealso">Fruits and Vegetables By the Month</a>)</p> <h2>2. Homemade Energy Bars/Chunks</h2> <p>Store-bought snack bars can really add up week after week. Making them at home is far more simple than you&#39;d think. All you need to do is fill your grocery bag with some key ingredients and get the <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/12/automatic-healthy-eating-tip-4-recipe.html">master recipe</a> down. Once you&#39;re more comfortable, the customizing part is up to you.</p> <h2>3. Hummus</h2> <p>Hummus is packed with protein and a healthy snack that can be combined with vegetables for some extra crunch. Of course, you can always pick up a tub in your grocer&#39;s refrigerated section, but I challenge you to save your pennies by making your own. To make this <a href="http://www.inspiredtaste.net/15938/easy-and-smooth-hummus-recipe/">basic spread</a>, all you need is a can of chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, water and some salt and pepper to taste. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-and-frugal-chickpea-recipes?ref=seealso">Tasty, Frugal Chickpea Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>The healthy fats and protein in peanut butter make it a popular choice for dunking fruits and vegetables, spreading between two slices of bread, and topping crackers. If you&#39;ve checked out the nut butter aisle lately, you might have some sticker shock. Consider making your own satisfying spread. It&#39;s as simple as <a href="http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2010/9/16/biking-with-bread-flour.html">pulsing together dry roasted peanuts and salt</a>. Not convinced?</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Another way to get a heaping helping of fruit in for the day is via applesauce. Store varieties come packaged for individual use, but that convenience factor comes with a price (and negative environmental impact). Good news! You can <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/10/15-minute-applesauce.html">make fresh applesauce</a> on your stovetop in 15 minutes flat &mdash; and you don&#39;t even need to skin the apples.</p> <h2>6. DIY Trail Mix</h2> <p>Delicious dried fruit and nut combinations, aka trail mix, are some of the most satisfying, yet wildly expensive snack options on the market. To lessen the blow, head to the bulk foods section and stock up on raisins, dried cranberries, dried apples, pretzels, chocolate chips, cashews, peanuts, coconut flakes, almonds, and whatever else sounds delicious and mix up a batch of your own. Your stomach &mdash; and wallet &mdash; will thank you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips?ref=seealso">Bulk Buying Basics</a>)</p> <h2>7. Smoothies</h2> <p>It&#39;s tempting to grab a smoothie at the local hut. Often, though, those tall cups come with more than ice, juice, and fruit. Added sugar can be sneaky. With a little foresight, you can save big on this popular snack. Provided you have freezer space, it&#39;s simple to buy some frozen fruit in bulk. Search online, there are a number (OK, millions) of <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/categories/recipes-2/beverages/smoothies-beverages/">healthy smoothie recipes</a> (from simple to complex) you can try out.</p> <h2>8. Cereal</h2> <p>If a crunch is all you&#39;re after, a small bowl of cereal made with whole grains might do the trick. Watch for sugar content even if the label promises wholesome ingredients and be sure to shop for deals and use coupons whenever possible. And if you&#39;re into DIY, you actually can experiment with <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/11/adventures-in-cereal-making.html">making your own cereal</a> &mdash; but the savings doesn&#39;t always justify the effort.</p> <h2>9. Oatmeal</h2> <p>Another idea often overlooked is lining your office shelf or kitchen cabinets with oatmeal mix. You can buy store-brand varieties relatively inexpensively that are either plain or full of all sorts of extras. For the most cash back in your pocket &mdash; you guessed it! &mdash; you can make your own. Here&#39;s a fantastic tutorial on <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/breakfast-travel-tips-make-your-own-on-the-go-oats-185732">DIY oatmeal packets</a>, for breakfast <em>or</em> snacks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal?ref=seealso">11 Ways to Eat Oats</a>)</p> <h2>10. Yogurt</h2> <p>This dairy (or non-dairy) product comes in quite a few varieties from Greek to Balkan-style to coconut-cultured. Navigating your way through all the different types can be daunting, but once you find your favorite, you&#39;ll be filling your belly with healthy probiotics, among other things. To save, consider buying a larger tub &mdash; which 9.9 times out of 10 boasts a lower unit price than individual cups &mdash; and scoop into snack containers. You can purchase whatever flavor you like, but be sure to mix in whatever fruit or sweetener that strikes your fancy.</p> <h2>11. Crackers</h2> <p>Crackers make a smart partner for many of these snack items (hummus, peanut butter, and even yogurt), as well as on their own. Shop around for sales, coupons, or bulk buys for your best bet money-wise. You can also make anything you desire at home from copycat <a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/03/do-it-yourself-homemade-wheat-thins.html">Wheat Thins</a> to <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/03/whole-wheat-goldfish-crackers/">Whole Wheat Goldfish</a> crackers.</p> <h2>12. Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>At the beginning of each week, I like to hard-boil a carton of eggs to store in the fridge. We use these eggs mashed up in sandwiches, atop green leafy salads, and even on their own. It&#39;s no secret that eggs are one of those awesome budget buys, but if you check around, you might even find a neighbor of friendly farmer selling local, cage-free choices for less. As for preparation, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/354061/perfect-hard-boiled-eggs">Martha Stewart&#39;s method</a> is my favorite. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-perfectly-cooked-eggs?ref=seealso">How to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs</a>)</p> <p><em>What healthy, inexpensive foods do you snack on? Anything we missed? Share your ideas below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">Cheaper and Healthier: 20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-ideas-for-healthy-road-trip-snacks">7 Fresh Ideas for Healthy Road Trip Snacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">How to Make Your Own Popcorn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap snacks healthy snacks snacks Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:15:33 +0000 Ashley Marcin 3738 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Easy-to-Pack, Delicious, and Cheap Airline Snacks http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport-56380850.jpg" alt="airport" title="airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can almost always expect a delay at the airport these days, which means that you could be stranded for hours eating expensive grub in the terminal or forced to scarf down something from the limited selection of onboard snacks in hopes of holding yourself over until you arrive at your destination. Unless you&#39;ve prepared, of course. Before you hop on that jet plane to someplace (hopefully) awesome, stock up on these easy-to-pack snacks that&#39;ll help keep your tummy happy and your temper in check. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay?ref=seealso">Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at the Airport</a>)</p> <h2>1. Granola With Nuts, Seeds, and Dried Fruit</h2> <p>For a snack that&#39;s all at once sweet, crunchy, and healthy, mix up your favorite granola, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits (use the latter sparingly to cut back on the calories) in a bowl and transfer to a zipper baggie. I like this recipe for <a href="http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2008/02/05/day-36-granola-on-the-plane/">on-the-go granola</a> &mdash; even though it requires a bit of advance prep. If you&#39;re short on time, you can skip the fancy-pants granola and just pack what you already have in your pantry. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests?ref=seealso">Quick Pantry Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>2. Cracker Sandwiches With Almond Butter</h2> <p>Slather almond butter between two crackers to make bite-sized sandwiches. Be careful not to spread the butter too thick, however, so you don&#39;t have a huge mess. Personally, I enjoy a small dab of almond butter between two Cheez-It crackers. Regulate the amount of butter between the crackers by piping it onto the squares. Just add some of the nut butter to a zipper bag, snip off a tiny corner of the baggie, put a small dab on each cracker, and place the crackers together to make tiny sandwiches.</p> <h2>3. Parmesan and Black Pepper Popcorn</h2> <p>Making homemade popcorn is just as easy as microwave popcorn if you have the right equipment &mdash; and it&#39;s healthier for you, too. Either way, you can doctor up plain popcorn by spritzing the final product with olive oil and tossing in half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese and a teaspoon of black pepper. Pack the popcorn in a freezer bag to put in your carry-on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn?ref=seealso">Homemade Popcorn</a>)</p> <h2>4. Kale Chips</h2> <p>Kale chips are all the rage these days, and it&#39;s easy to see why. Not only are these &quot;chips&quot; good for you, but <a href="http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2010/11/kale-chips-a-great-low-carb-crunchy-salty-snack.html">they also hardly take any time at all</a>. After rinsing and drying your kale, toss the leaves in a bag with olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes to get them nice and crispy. All the fun of potato chips without any of the guilt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>5. Cinnamon Cayenne Sunflower Seeds</h2> <p>Sunflower seeds are a great on-the-go snack anytime, but where will you spit all those pesky shells on the plane? You won&#39;t have to worry about them in this recipe for <a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/snacks-to-make?page=2">cinnamon cayenne sunflower seeds</a> that uses shelled seeds. Sprinkle a cup or so with cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and sea salt, and bake in a 325-degree oven for 5 to 8 minutes. Once cooled, store in a zipper bag.</p> <h2>6. Chocolate and Pretzels</h2> <p>You could make chocolate-covered pretzels fairly easily, but why waste your time? You&#39;ll get the same salty-sweet effect by simply packing bite-sized pretzels with chocolate squares (dark chocolate for extra antioxidants) or chocolate chips. If you prefer something more nontraditional, swap the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips or a combination of the two.</p> <h2>7. Seasoned Beef/Turkey Jerky</h2> <p>Beef or turkey jerky is the ideal plane snack for several reasons:</p> <ol> <li>It&#39;s flat;</li> <li>It&#39;s packed with protein to help you feel fuller longer;</li> <li>It&#39;s available just about anywhere.</li> </ol> <p>But if you prefer to make your own, here&#39;s a decent <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/beef-jerky-recipe/index.html">recipe for beef jerky</a>. Heads up &mdash; you&#39;ll want to get started a few days in advance.</p> <h2>8. Maple Citrus Roasted Pecans</h2> <p>Nuts are the quintessential plane snacks, but this recipe for <a href="http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/06/26/maple-citrus-roasted-pecans-recipe/">maple citrus roasted pecans</a> kicks the classic up a notch. You&#39;ll need raw pecans halves, maple syrup, sea salt, orange extract, and a pinch of ground ginger. Roast the nuts at 350 degrees until fragrant. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Coat the nuts with the sauce and return to a 300-degree oven for 20 minutes more. Allow to cool before packing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price?ref=seealso">The Best and Worst Nuts</a>)</p> <h2>9. Meat and Cheese Pita Pocket</h2> <p>If you want something heartier to hold you over until you get to where you&#39;re going, pack a deli meat and cheese pita. Pitas are great travel sandwiches because pita bread is sturdier than sliced bread &mdash; so it won&#39;t get all smushed up &mdash; and it&#39;s fairly flat for easy stowing. When making the sandwich, consider only filling the pocket with lettuce, meat, and cheese. Tomatoes can get mushy, and condiments will make the bread soggy. Once you&#39;re at the airport or onboard the plane, pick up (or ask the flight attendant for) packets of mustard or mayonnaise to add a little more flavor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-cheap-low-cal-condiments-to-brighten-up-boring-food?ref=seealso">Low-Cal Condiments to Brighten Up Boring Food</a>)</p> <h2>10. Clementines</h2> <p>Petite, portable, and easy to peel, Clementines are a great snack to pack for the airplane. They&#39;re hydrating and refreshing after a long flight, and they&#39;ll make you smell a little better, too. Just be careful when packing, so they don&#39;t end up squished before takeoff.</p> <h2>11. Coconut and Chocolate Energy Bites</h2> <p>Anything with the word energy in it at the supermarket tends to be rather expensive, but you can make your own energy snacks at home with a little effort and even less money. This recipe for <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/">an energy-enhancing snack</a> in the form of bite-sized balls includes oatmeal, toasted coconut, peanut butter, flaxseeds, chocolate chip, honey, chia seeds, and vanilla extract. The best part is there&#39;s no baking required. Great for those long midday flights when you&#39;ll need to snap back to reality once you make it to your destination.</p> <h2>12. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas</h2> <p>Jazz up an otherwise dull flight with a couple of handfuls of <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30368-spicy-oven-roasted-chickpeas">spicy oven-roasted chickpeas</a>. Mix olive oil, ground cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and sea salt with two cans of chickpeas, and bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Wash down your homemade in-the-air snack with relaxing bloody mary or cold beer while you catch the in-flight movie.</p> <h2>13. Garlic and Herb Pita Chips</h2> <p>The on-board pita chips can set you back $5 for just a few ounces, but you can get more bang for your buck by making these <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/garlic_herb_pita_chips.html">garlic and herb pita chips</a> at home. Total prep and cook time is just 20 minutes, and you probably have all the ingredients &mdash; which include pitas, EVOO, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt &mdash; already on hand.</p> <h2>14. Mediterranean Wrap</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/mediterranean_wrap.html">Mediterranean wrap recipe</a> is ideal for travel because it includes several hearty ingredients that will hold up well even if you&#39;re not able to eat it for a few hours. The main players include grilled chicken, chopped tomatoes and cucumber, and couscous, and there&#39;s no addition of a spread that threatens to spoil the wrap or makes it soggy if left at room temperature for too long.</p> <h2>15. Chex Mix</h2> <p>There&#39;s not much creativity in packing a bag of Chex Mix for your flight, but you can&#39;t knock its ability to hit the spot when you&#39;re craving something crunchy. I&#39;m also a big fan of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SVL0AU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000SVL0AU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Gardetto&#39;s Original Recipe Snack Mix</a>, but that can sometimes be hard to find in smaller, travel-ready bags. Whatever you choose, be sure to pick up your snacks at your local supermarket instead of at the airport where you&#39;ll most definitely pay a premium.</p> <p><em>Do you have other easy-to-pack plane snacks that you&#39;d like to share with us? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-compact-airplane-snacks-for-frequent-fliers">6 Compact Airplane Snacks for Frequent Fliers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options">12 Delicious, Healthy, and Inexpensive Snack Options</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel airplane food snacks travel food Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:25:14 +0000 Mikey Rox 1106628 at http://www.wisebread.com 40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-122775290.jpg" alt="rice cake" title="rice cake" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&#39;s be honest, here. By themselves, unflavored rice cakes aren&#39;t terribly exciting. However, they have some sterling qualities:</p> <ul> <li>They are gluten-free.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They are vegan.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can buy them non-GMO, organic-certified.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There are only 60 calories in a rice cake (some brands have fewer).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The plain varieties contain no saturated or trans fats.</li> </ul> <p>I like them because they are versatile, fairly inexpensive, and crunchy.</p> <p>As a person who struggles with portion control, I&#39;d like to remind you that it doesn&#39;t matter if you are eating a very healthy, 45-60-calorie gluten-free snack <em>if you use too much of the topping</em>. I noticed during one testing session that my cottage cheese layer was as thick as the rice cake. If I am making a meal out of one of these, I&#39;d give myself a little leeway. However, if it&#39;s supposed to be a snack, I have to be careful about how much topping I am using. End of lecture. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight?ref=seealso">How to Lose Weight With Portion Control</a>)</p> <p>Back to their versatility, though. Below are forty suggestions for topping rice cakes.</p> <h2>Brown-Bagging It</h2> <p>I eat a lot of rice cakes at work, because I hate it when my sandwich bread gets mushy. Simply pack the toppings separately from the rice cakes, and assemble at lunchtime.</p> <h3>1. Egg Salad</h3> <p>Don&#39;t have an <a href="http://tipnut.com/egg-salad-recipes/">egg salad recipe</a>? Now you have 12.</p> <h3>2. Tofu-Eggless Salad</h3> <p>I like <a href="http://happyherbivore.com/2010/12/egg-salad/">tofu-eggless</a> recipe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=seealso">Frugal Organic Vegan Grocery Items</a>)</p> <h3>3. Chicken Salad</h3> <p>When Mikey was coming up with his list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Non-Sandwich lunches</a>, he shared this <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Neiman-Marcus-Chicken-Salad?cmpid=enews072511">chicken salad recipe</a> from Neiman Marcus&#39; cafe</p> <h3>4. Tuna Salad</h3> <p>Often made with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">mayonnaise, Max&#39;s favorite secret ingredient</a>.</p> <h3>5. Ham and Swiss</h3> <p>I usually add a squirt of Dijon mustard.</p> <h3>6. Devilled Ham</h3> <p>I like mine with Dijon mustard <em>and</em> green onions, as in <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30323-deviled-ham">this devilled ham recipe</a> (just use green onions instead of yellow).</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rcaketop-devilledham-ggnoads.png" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>7. Turkey and Muenster Cheese</h3> <p>With sprouts and some of that delicious spicy horseradish mustard &hellip; so good.</p> <h3>8. Holiday Turkey Sandwich</h3> <p>My new favorite &quot;holiday sandwich&quot; is this one: Turkey breast, cream cheese, red onion, sprouts, and cranberry relish. Instead of bread, rice cake! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey?ref=seealso">Creative Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a>)</p> <h3>9. Quick Pizza</h3> <p>For a more Italian flavor, try salami or pepperoni with mozzarella , olives, and a tomato slice. I like to microwave that one briefly, just to melt the cheese. Emergency pizza!</p> <h3>10. Peanut or Almond Butter</h3> <p>There&#39;s nothing wrong with the basics.</p> <h3>11. Peanut or Almond Butter&hellip;</h3> <p>and honey, or jelly. An even better basic.</p> <h2>Appetizers Using Rice Cakes</h2> <p>When I get home from work, I usually have a snack. By keeping rice cakes handy, I can conjure up something delicious. Here are some of my favorites.</p> <h3>12. Tapenade</h3> <p>I could just eat <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/tapenade-recipe/index.html">tapenade</a> with a spoon and be happy. A rice cake holds more tapenade than a spoon, so that makes me happier.</p> <h3>13. Salmon Spread</h3> <p>I&#39;m still not tired of salmon, even after this post. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">Salmon spread</a> is great on a rice cake!</p> <h3>14. Smoked Salmon</h3> <p>Smoked salmon with capers (drain them) is also delicious, albeit expensive.</p> <h3>15. Cream Cheese and Chives</h3> <p>I love cream cheese, but I use the low-fat version on rice cakes (and spread thinly). Sprinkle some chopped chives and just a little salt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-easy-and-festive-cream-cheese-appetizers?ref=seealso">Quick and Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers</a>)</p> <h3>16. Pesto</h3> <p>Camilla has <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-with-basil-21-uses-for-jarred-pesto">21 uses for pesto</a>, and I&#39;d like to add #22, which is to spoon it over a rice cake.</p> <h3>17. DIY Veggie Spread</h3> <p><a href="http://www.today.com/id/26740912#.UmQgIdKTgo0">Veggie spreads</a>? Mark Bittman of the New York Times has developed several variations. I particularly like the broccoli with parmesan, pine nuts, and olive oil. Swoon.</p> <h3>18. White Bean Dip</h3> <p><a href="http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/simple-creamy-white-bean-dip-lemon-zest-vegan.html">White bean dip </a>is a super-healthy, vegan option. I really like this recipe&#39;s combination of beans with lemon, garlic, parsley, and black pepper. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">25+ Cheap and Delicious Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>19. Canned Bean Dip</h3> <p>I also like the bean dip that comes in a can, at the grocery store, by the tortilla chips section, on a rice cake. That works.</p> <h3>20. Hummus</h3> <p>While we&#39;re on legumes, don&#39;t forget about hummus. My daughter thinks the one with roasted red peppers is the best. If your store doesn&#39;t carry it, here&#39;s my favorite <a href="http://www.inspiredtaste.net/22016/roasted-red-pepper-hummus-recipe/">hummus recipe</a>.</p> <h3>21. Pimento Cheese</h3> <p>Again, thin layer, folks: <a href="http://www.southernliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/pimiento-cheese-recipes-00417000072327/">Pimento cheese.</a> Yum!</p> <h3>22. Canned Cheese</h3> <p>If you just want instant gratification in a pimento-cheese like fashion, heck, you can get that cheese that squirts out of the can. Don&#39;t judge me.</p> <h3>23. Artichoke Dip</h3> <p>Turns out that rice cakes are an excellent vehicle for <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/hot-artichoke-dip/e900c4c9-a91a-4e0d-ae23-8ba1ac8090f6">hot artichoke dip</a>. They are sturdier than dumb ol&#39; crackers. This stuff is dangerously good. I like to add a can of mild chiles for a little more zip.</p> <h3>24. Pears, Spinach, and Bleu Cheese</h3> <p>Slice up some pears, thinly, add to your rice cake along with some baby spinach, and sprinkle with bleu cheese.</p> <h3>25. Avocado, Salsa, and Cilantro</h3> <p>Let&#39;s try Mexican flavors: To a rice cake add sliced avocados, salsa, and cilantro.</p> <h3>26. Cottage Cheese</h3> <p>When I am starving, I just plop a tablespoon of low-fat cottage cheese onto a rice cake and call it good, because it is.</p> <h3>27. Chopped Avocado Salad</h3> <p>Combine chopped avocados, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, a little olive oil and garlic salt and try that on top. Delicious!</p> <h3>28. Sliced Avocados or Guacamole</h3> <p>We have an avocado tree. It&#39;s one of my favorite things in the whole world. My husband started it from a seed. They are delicious, so sometimes I just eat sliced avocados (or guacamole) on a rice cake.</p> <h2>Make a Meal of Rice Cakes</h2> <p>Why not? It&#39;s a low-calorie starch to round out any meal.</p> <h3>29. Rice Cakes and Chili</h3> <p>Cornbread with chili is great, but so are rice cakes, particularly if you get the cheesy ones. If your chili is really thick, just spoon it on top. I used a little low-fat sour cream on top of that combo.</p> <h3>30. Croutons</h3> <p>Gluten-free croutons! Just break a rice cake into pieces and float it on split-pea, tomato, or any creamy soup.</p> <h3>31. BLT</h3> <p>Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato . . rice cakes? Sure, why not.</p> <h3>32. Peanut Sauce</h3> <p>Thai-inspired! Top a rice cake with a layer of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/perfect-peanut-sauce">peanut sauce</a>. Add cooked, cleaned shrimp and chopped cilantro. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes?ref=seealso">Scrumptious Shrimp Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>33. Ahi Poke</h3> <p>I live on the Island of Hawaii, and so I took some of my favorites and rice cake&#39;d them: Spicy Ahi Poke with Cilantro.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rcaketop-spicyahipoke-ggnoads.png" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>34. Loco-Moco!</h3> <p>Caramelize sliced Spam in medium-heat frying pan with shoyu (soy sauce). While you are heating the Spam, fry an egg. Assemble in layers of rice cake, Spam, and fried egg. If I were really making it correctly, I&#39;d add gravy on top.</p> <h3>35. California Roll</h3> <p>I had fun making this one. Mix crab (fresh or canned, drained and flaked) with mayonnaise. I added a few drops of Sriracha sauce to mine, but it&#39;s spicy, so be warned. Place crab mixture on rice cake and add some chopped avocado, a little grated carrot, a drizzle of sesame oil, and sprinkle with chopped nori (sushi wrapper).</p> <h2>For the Sweet Tooth</h2> <p>For a sweet snack or a light dessert, try these delicious toppings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts?ref=seealso">15 Super Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>36. Sliced Bananas and Peanut Butter</h3> <p>This really hits the spot. My daughter likes a drizzle of honey on that one, too.</p> <h3>37. Cinnamon Toast Cakes</h3> <p>My husband suggested we try &quot;cinnamon toast&quot; flavors &mdash; yum! Spread a thin layer of butter, and add a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. I couldn&#39;t remember the last time I had had cinnamon toast.</p> <h3>38. Nutella</h3> <p>You were waiting for this one, I know. NUTELLA. That&#39;s all I have to write about that suggestion.</p> <h3>39. S&#39;more Cakes</h3> <p>While we&#39;re on chocolate, you can make a S&#39;more rice cake from the aforementioned Nutella. Add some mini-marshmallows. Devour.</p> <h3>40. Strawberries and Cream Cheese</h3> <p>Again with the light cream cheese &mdash; but this time, slice some strawberries and put those on top.</p> <p><em>What do you like to top your rice cakes with?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-healthier-appetizers">20 Delicious, Healthier Appetizers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple">20 Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink appetizers cheap recipes lunch rice cakes snacks toppings Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:43:35 +0000 Marla Walters 776187 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host an Awesome Frugal Movie Night http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_watching_a_movie.jpg" alt="Friends watching a movie" title="Friends watching a movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Take a trip to the cinema to see a new release these days, and you might have to pawn off a family heirloom to afford it.</p> <p>With ticket prices currently at $13.50 a pop for a non-3D, non-matinee film and a whopping $20 for a non-matinee IMAX 3D ticket in my neck of the woods (NYC), it&rsquo;s no surprise that <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/13/tech/gaming-gadgets/3-d-hype-bubble-finally-busted/index.html">ticket sales are on the decline</a>; many of us simply can&rsquo;t justify the skyrocketing cost of a trip to the movies. After you factor in soda, candy, and popcorn (for those who like to do it up big when they catch the latest blockbuster), well, you may have to ask your boss for a raise.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s times like these, when prices for life&rsquo;s simple pleasures spin out of control, that we have to take a stand and hit those greedy bigwigs where it hurts &mdash; the pocket. To help you convey the message that we&rsquo;re not gonna take it anymore, here are four easy tips on how to host a frugal movie night in the comfort of your own home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the Movie</h2> <p>Remember back in the day when the only option you had for a movie rental was Blockbuster? I do, and I remember being quite excited to stop by on a Friday afternoon to pick up a flick I was anticipating. Nevermind that the price was $4 for a two-day rental, either; Blockbuster had a lock on the market, and we didn&rsquo;t know any better. Until Redbox came along, that is, and completely changed the home-movie rental game. Blockbuster was already suffering at the beginning of the new millennium, and the now-ubiquitous DVD kiosks put the final nail in Blockbuster&rsquo;s coffin &mdash; and to that I say good riddance.</p> <p>When I started using Redbox back in 2005 (time sure flies, doesn&rsquo;t it?), I thought it was too good to be true. A DVD rental for $1 per night? Get out of town! I was in heaven. If that made me ecstatic, imagine my elation when I discovered <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Redbox codes that scored me free rentals</a>. Best. Deal. Ever. You, too, can score a free rental (if you haven&rsquo;t exhausted all the codes by now) by checking <a href="http://www.redboxcodes.com/">Redbox Codes</a> for the latest updates. It&rsquo;s worth noting, however, that the price of a Redbox rental has increased over the years to $1.20 per night &mdash; but that&rsquo;s still a steal as far as I&rsquo;m concerned. I mean, really, how long do you need to keep a movie?</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have a Redbox near you, there are other ways you can choose a movie to watch on the cheap:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Browse your channel guide a few days to a week or two in advance of movie night and set your DVR to record a film you want to watch. I do this fairly often with my premium channels like HBO since they show a new cable release every Saturday night.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get your money&rsquo;s worth from your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">Netflix subscription</a> and add a few new movies to your queue.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check your On Demand channel for a movie. New releases can be pricey, but if you split the cost with the rest of the viewers (i.e. your friends) it will be more affordable. Also, many times there&rsquo;s a free section on On Demand, which is worth a quick look.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask a friend if they have any new DVDs that you can borrow for a screening.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use an iTunes or Amazon credit that you may have to download a movie.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you want to host an experience outside, search for a free outdoor movie series in your area. These have become very popular over the past few years. If you live in a decent-size city, you&rsquo;ll probably find one. Then all you have to do is invite a few friends and pack a picnic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rewatch one of your favorites in your collection. What&rsquo;s the point of having all those movies if all they do is collect dust?</li> </ul> <h2>2. Make Great Snacks</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m totally into Pinterest right now, mainly because I&rsquo;m on a diet and I like to torture myself by looking at all the delicious junk-food photos that Midwestern women pin all day long. As it turns out, many of those pins are perfect recipes for a frugal movie night because they&rsquo;re made from food that you probably already have on hand. Here are some of my favorites.</p> <p><strong>Baked Mozzarella Sticks</strong></p> <p>All you need for these <a href="http://everycollegegirl.com/how-to-cook-healthy-mozzarella-sticks/">baked mozzarella sticks</a> is string cheese, egg, flour, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. You won&rsquo;t feel as much guilt either since they&rsquo;re baked, not fried.</p> <p><strong>Homemade Calzone</strong></p> <p>For these <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-calzone">calzones</a>, fill prepared pizza dough with your favorite pizza ingredients like cheese, pepperoni, and sauce, then &ldquo;braid&rdquo; it before popping in the oven.</p> <p><strong>Parmesan Baked Potato Halves</strong></p> <p>Potatoes, butter, cheese, and garlic are the main ingredients in this <a href="http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2012/03/parmesan-baked-potato-halves.html">homemade appetizer</a> that will comfort the whole crowd.</p> <p><strong>Cookies and Cream Popcorn</strong></p> <p>Instead of drenching it in butter and salt, <a href="http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2012/05/cookies-and-cream-popcorn.html">drizzle the popcorn with melted white chocolate and mix in crushed Oreo cookies</a>. Yeah, I know. I had a foodgasm, too.</p> <p><strong>Hot Chocolate Krispies</strong></p> <p>Same as regular Rice Krispies treats &mdash; but <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/hot-chocolate-krispies/">hot chocolate krispies</a> are made richer with the addition of hot chocolate mix and lots more marshmallows.</p> <p><strong>Chocolate-Filled Strawberries</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the fruit is in season, this is the perfect time to try a take on classic <a href="https://www.lilyshop.com/news/item/chocolate-filled-strawberries">chocolate-covered strawberries</a> by filling the strawberries instead of dipping them.</p> <p><strong>Vootbeer</strong></p> <p>Make a frosty mug of refreshing root beer decidedly adult with this recipe for a <a href="http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/09/boulder-distillery-happy-hour-friday/">grown-up root beer float</a>.</p> <p>For even more sinful movie-night recipes from my board, <a href="http://pinterest.com/mikeyrox/">find me on Pinterest</a>.</p> <h2>3. Invite the Ideal Guests</h2> <p>Ideal guests for frugal movie night, in my opinion, are those who are equally excited to see the movie you&rsquo;ve chosen, arrive with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-wines-under-10-dollars">bottle of something red or white</a>, and hush their mouths while the movie is screening. You know which of your friends that is, so give them a call or text and extend an invitation.&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Make It Comfy</h2> <p>The final step to hosting an awesome frugal movie night is to make the experience comfortable. Have lots of blankets and pillows available so everyone can curl up in their favorite movie-watching position. If some guests are relegated to the floor, make sure they have what they need to enjoy the night as much as everyone else.</p> <p><em>Have you hosted an awesome frugal movie night? Let me know some of your tips and tricks in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">How to Throw a Fabulous (and Frugal!) Dinner Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/score-how-to-host-a-great-game-night">Score! How to Host a Great Game Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-healthy-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Food and Drink Lifestyle cheap party ideas movies snacks Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:36:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 942703 at http://www.wisebread.com