Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel & Cranberry Popcorn Balls and Healthy Snacking Tips

by Jennifer on January 20, 2012

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I admit it, this may be a bit on the frisky side of snacking considering I am about to share some healthy snacking tips but honestly, this is a healthy snack.

Now is when you belt out ‘What you sayin’ Jennifer?!’ Yes, well, I know you all get a few sugar cravings once in a while so I say indulge a little with pretzels, cranberries and dark chocolate. Now try to fault me.

Before you get a tasty recipe, let’s review some Healthy Snacking Tips:

*As with all grocery shopping, always shop the perimeter of the grocery store. That is where fresh foods like fruits and vegetables are usually located. Avoid the center aisles where junk foods lurk.

*Choose “real” whole foods, with as little processing and as few additives as possible. If you want more salt or sugar, add it yourself.

*Keep fresh fruit and veggies on the counter or visible when you can: Keep them washed, cut, and stored in a clear plastic container or on the table where you can see and grab it (bananas, apples, cuties).

*Hummus, mustard and low-fat ranch dressing are great dips.

*Low-fat yogurt: Mix fresh fruit into vanilla or plain yogurts.

*Low-fat cheese: Stock reduced-fat block cheeses, reduced-fat string cheese, laughing cow minis, and part-skim shredded cheese.

*Boiled eggs: A quickie and a favorite.

*When you want a salty snacks, grab some pickles or pretzels.

*Applesauce: Look for an unsweetened brand.

*Nuts and seeds: Go for almonds, pumpkins seeds and sunflower seeds.

*Some of my favorite grab-n-go snacks include string cheese & crackers/rice cakes and almonds & dried cranberries.

This classic combination of a touch of salt from the pretzels and a touch of sweet from the nectar and chocolate will leave you smiling.

A final note: get creative with some of your favorite snacks such as pretzels and explore different flavor possibilities.

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Snyder’s of Hanover blogging program and was compensated. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Cookin' Canuck January 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

Great healthy snacking tips. It’s so true that fantastic snacks can be made with REAL ingredients. These little popcorn look like the ultimate treat for my kids!

Marly January 20, 2012 at 10:18 am

Looks delicious…and I love the healthy snacking tips!

janetha January 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

What a wonderful ball of sweet & salty goodness! These look awesome.

Pure2raw twins January 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

yum what a great idea

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

I love pretzels and chocolate together. I have peanut butter and pretzels dipped in dark chocolate in the fridge. So good! I need to try your pretzels balls! Is it consider healthy if you eat the whole batch?

Lenore January 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I am such a fan of string cheese, boiled eggs, and unsweetened applesauce as quick and healthy snacks, but I’ve got to say, these popcorn balls look AMAZING. I love the salty/sweet combination.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living January 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

These look amazing! Sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolatey and peanut buttery… what’s not to love?!

Jennifer January 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Finally, someone who understands!

Jennifer January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I love the same snacks you do as well – I shared all the other popcorn balls with the ladies at that soup swap

Jennifer January 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

It IS healthy if you share one or two….

gail February 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

Sounds great… I might suggest that almond butter in place of peanut butter might be nice… also cacao nibs in place of the dark chocolate

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