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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


• 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


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


• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

• ½ cup popcorn kernels

• Salt to taste


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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