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Snacking Your Way to Health

Snacking is important for those looking to lose weight. Here are two great options for those who enjoy eating an afternoon snack.

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Ingredients:

• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

• 1 teaspoon sugar

• ½ teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon pepper

• 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry

Directions:

Combine paprika, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over high heat until just smoking. Add chickpeas to oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and crisp, about 12-15 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer chickpeas to paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain briefly, and then toss with spices. Serve. (Chickpeas can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)

Perfect Popcorn

Ingredients:

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

• ½ cup popcorn kernels

• Salt to taste

Directions:

Microwave butter in bowl on 50 percent power until just melted, 1 to 3 minutes. Combine oil and popcorn in large Dutch oven. Cover and place over medium-high heat, shaking occasionally, until first few kernels begin to pop. Continue to cook; shaking pot vigorously, until popping has mostly stopped. Transfer to large bowl, toss with melted butter, and season with salt to taste. Serve.

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