Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy for Herbert

Snacking on healthy foods can get old and sometimes you just want something good and crunchy. Enter Happy Herbert’s pretzels! They have all the nutritional benefits of whole grains, formed into delicious little pretzels. They come in a variety of flavors, such as Oat Bran, Plenti-Grain, Honey Wheat, Spelt, and Kamut (ps- they are the only pretzel out there made with kamut!).

Why Have You Done a Good Thing?

Mainly, because they just taste so good! But also because they are only 110 calories for 16-18 pretzels, with 2-3g fiber, and 2g protein; making them a great BANG for your BITE. The combination of nutrients and taste leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, most selections come in low-sodium, which is always great for your heart and blood pressure. And if there weren’t enough reasons to love this brand, here is one more: they donate 10% of all profits to children’s charities. Oh, and it’s organic! So be assured that any way you slice it, with these pretzels you’re always doing a good thing.

I usually eat them as a snack in between meals, or as the carbohydrate portion of my lunch or dinner (which I like to keep to 100 calories of whole grains). You can easily count out 16-18 pretzels before putting them on your plate or in a baggie to go; that way you’ll stick to just 1 serving. Here is me holding 1 serving, it's so much I could barely keep them in my hand!

For me, a salad with grilled chicken and a side of Happy Herbert’s pretzels is a winning lunch combo!

Find them at most gourmet or specialty markets. Or, simply order them online via the Happy Herbert’s Website.

Twist it up: try using these healthy pretzels as coating for homemade chicken fingers (like in this recipe from Food Network’s Hungry Girl show). Or, grind them up and use as breadcrumbs to top dishes like your homemade lasagna or mac and cheese.

So get munchin’ with this healthy crunchin’!

--Samantha Jacobs, MS RD CDN

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