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Snack foods are usually considered to be unhealthy junk – tasty treats that can fill you up temporarily but shouldn't be eaten too often. Not all snacks are unhealthy, however, and there are plenty of choices out there that can be nutritious.
Nuts are one of the best-known healthy snacks. Packing a nice protein hit plus a range of different nutrients depending on the particular variety, nuts are a useful alternative to other snack foods.
The only problem, for some people, is that nuts can be a bit boring. That doesn't have to be the case, though, and whether you're trying to eat more nuts yourself or serving up snacks to customers, here are some ways to make them more exciting. You can use either one type of nut or a mixture – it's your choice.
Spiced and roasted
You can buy nuts in various flavours, but making your own is really easy. Just mix together your choice of dried herbs and spices with a little salt, then toss the nuts in a small amount of oil in a bowl. Sprinkle with your spice mix and stir the nuts until they're coated well.
Spread out the flavoured nuts on a baking tray and put them in the oven for around 30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. Check periodically to make sure they're not browning too quickly. Let them cool, and enjoy your very own custom flavoured snacks.
Warm some honey or syrup in a saucepan until it's soft and runny. If you like, you can also stir in some cinnamon for a bit of extra flavour.
Stir the nuts through the sweet mixture until they're completely coated, then put them on a sheet of parchment paper on an oven tray. When you remove them from the pan, be careful not to take too much of the sugary liquid with them. Once they're on the tray, sprinkle a little brown sugar over the top.
Bake in the oven according to the instructions for spiced nuts, above.
All you need to do is melt your choice of chocolate – milk, dark and white all work well – in a microwave or over some hot water, then stir the nuts through. Leave them on greaseproof paper to cool and set. You can use different types of chocolate for an interesting mixture if you prefer.
Used in a mix
Instead of changing the nuts themselves, mixing them with some dried fruit and small pieces of chocolate makes them more fun to eat.
If you really can't do without the salty, less healthy snacks, mix some nuts in and it will bulk them out so you get more nutritional benefits from your snacking. For more information, contact a snack food supplies business.