The 5 Best Snacks for Sharing

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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The 5 Best Snacks for Sharing

Fun and filling, these healthy snacks are designed to be shared!

1. Air-Popped Popcorn Not only is it a whole grain, popcorn is packed with potent antioxidants. And when popped without oil, it’s low in fat and calories, too. No air popper? No problem. Place ¼  to ½ cup of corn kernels in a brown paper bag and microwave it on high for 2 to 4 minutes, or until 2 seconds pass between pops. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt, Parmesan cheese, or cracked pepper and share with friends.

2. Alternative Ants-on-a-Log For a healthier twist on the classic snack, skip the high-fat cream cheese and fill celery sticks with hummus or almond butter instead. Then top with with sesame seeds or dried cherries.

3. Brussels Sprout Chips High in vitamins K, C, folate, and fiber, this cruciferous vegetable also has compounds that protect against cancer. Roast them to crispy perfection: cut or peel the outer leaves from the sprout (save the centers for another recipe), drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Pop them into an oven set to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 Celsius) for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are brown and crispy. Put out a bowl of these for friends over and it’ll be empty before you know it.

4. Fruit Skewers Slide a few pieces of sliced fruit onto a skewer, and store them covered in the fridge for a fast, healthy and hydrating snack the entire office will love. Some tasty combos: mango-peach-blueberry and kiwi-pineapple-strawberry.

5. Crunchy Chickpeas Easy, inexpensive, and packed with protein and fiber—your friends won’t get over how delicious these crunchy, spicy chickpeas are. To make: Drain 1 can of chickpeas. Rinse, pat dry, and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil, ½  teaspoon of cumin, ½ teaspoon chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper, and salt.  Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 Celsius) for 20 minutes. Store any leftovers for a few days in an airtight container.

Planning to try one of these today? What are your favorite shareable snacks? Tell us in the comments!

About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD
Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Elle is a nutrition and wellness writer, recipe developer, blogger and nutrition consultant whose favorite things include her camera, carbs and quality time with her toddler. For more from this busy mama, check out Elle’s lifestyle blog or connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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