February is our Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Snacks.

Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 by in Food

Here are more to add to the 90 plus I have already listed.

People don’t always associate the microwave oven with healthy homemade snacks. Standard fare from the microwave is usually bought pre-made from the store and loaded with preservatives and artificial flavors. This pre-made food is microwaved and eaten by millions every day, although it is hardly the most nutritious option. Here are healthier recipes for two very popular snacks: popcorn and potato chips. Both are made quickly and easily with the help of your microwave oven.

Microwave Popcorn Without The Additives

Most people don’t realize that you can make air-popped popcorn in your microwave without any fancy equipment. The ready to go bags of microwave popcorn from the store are loaded with artificial flavorings, fats and sodium. All you need is a 2 quart microwave safe container with a lid and some popcorn kernels. This does work best in a unit that has a turntable, but then again, that is also true for the store-bought bagged stuff.

Take 1/4 cup of plain popcorn kernels and place them into the container and put the lid on. Cook at full power until popping slows; this should take between 3 and 7 minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is. Take the popcorn out and put it in a serving bowl. It is now ready to eat but rather plain. Flavor it in any way you choose. Sometimes I like it simply topped with extra virgin olive oil and a good sea salt. Other times I like a mixture of parmesan cheese and dehydrated garlic. Any way you flavor it, making your own popcorn puts you in control of the ingredients.

Homemade Potato Chips Without Tons Of Fat Or Sodium

You can make a healthy alternative to store-bought potato chips in your microwave oven. However, since the potato slices need to be paper-thin, you will need a mandolin or V-slicer unless you are very handy with a knife.

Slice a skin-on potato (or any of your favorite vegetables — sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, beet) ┬áinto paper-thin slices (the skin is loaded with fiber and nutrients.) Soak the potato slices in cool water with a teaspoon of salt for 10 minutes. Drain, then pat dry on kitchen towels.

Coat a microwave safe casserole dish lightly with olive oil. This works best with an old-fashioned ceramic dish than it does with plastic. Lay the potato slices in a single layer (you may need to do multiple batches.) Cook at full power until the potato slices start to curl. This should take between 4 1/2 to 7 minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is. The chips are completely done at this point, but you can add flavorings to them while they are still warm. My favorite is a combination of onion powder, granulated garlic and sea salt. Just sprinkle the cooked chips lightly with the seasoning you choose.

 

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