What’s on Your Cracker?
I admit it; I love crackers! They’re crunchy, and they come in lots of flavors. It’s easy to grab a handful on the run, or add my favorite toppings. Unfortunately, the snacks I enjoy don’t necessarily love me back. Many crackers contain lots of unhealthy ingredients. Maybe you’re trying to eliminate salt, refined flour, or fat from your snacking regime. The crackers you choose might not be the ones I like. Along with individual nutritional choices, there’s also taste to consider. Rather than telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat, my aim is to provide some helpful and healthful guidelines we can all use as starting points.
If you’re on a quest to find out what’s in your favorite cracker, or what healthier options might be available, I can’t recommend the Directions for Me site highly enough. They have a multitude of products, and it’s easy to find directions, preparation instructions where applicable, and serving sizes.
If you want to get information on some of the crackers rated highest for healthfulness and taste, Consumer Reports recently published The Healthiest Crackers for Snacks and Parties and Eight Healthy Cracker Toppings to Try This Holiday Season. Some of these sound so decadent or just plain different, I can’t wait to try them for myself.
Another strategy that works for me when I want a larger amount of crunchy topped goodness than I know I should have is to mix it up a bit. I’ll have some topped crackers, and will also add the same or different toppings to cucumber slices. They’re roughly the same size, give me that satisfying crunch, and provide a healthier option.
If you have healthy ways to enjoy crackers and toppings, we’d love to hear from you. Use the form on our website to be in touch. Happy, healthy snacking!