Happy National Pretzel Day, ladies! Today is a day to celebrate one of the most delicious snacks out there, the pretzel. But, as much as we all love to indulge in a salty and savory pretzel, let's be real, they're not the healthiest snack option. However, fear not my fellow pretzel lovers, because today I'm going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to turn pretzels into a healthy snack that you can enjoy guilt-free.
First things first, let's talk about why pretzels aren't exactly the healthiest snack out there. Most store-bought pretzels are high in refined carbohydrates and low in nutrients. They're also usually loaded with salt, which can lead to bloating and dehydration. Not to mention, they're often made with processed oils and preservatives that can be harmful to our health in the long run.
But don't worry, there are ways to make pretzels healthier without sacrificing the delicious taste. One of the easiest ways to do this is by choosing whole-grain pretzels instead of the traditional white flour pretzels. Whole-grain pretzels are higher in fiber and nutrients and lower in refined carbohydrates, making them a much better choice for your overall health.
Another way to make pretzels healthier is by pairing them with some protein and healthy fat. This will help to balance out the carbohydrates in the pretzels and keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer. Try pairing your pretzels with some hummus, nut butter, or even some sliced turkey or chicken breast.
You can also get creative with your pretzel toppings to make them even healthier. Try sprinkling some chia seeds, flax seeds, or nutritional yeast on top of your pretzels for some added nutrients and flavor. Also, instead of using traditional table salt, try using high-quality sea salt or Himalayan salt. These types of salts are higher in minerals and can actually be beneficial for your health in moderation.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can even try making your own pretzels from scratch using whole-grain flour and healthier oils like olive oil or coconut oil. . This way, you can control the ingredients and make sure that your pretzels are as healthy as possible.
Here is a recipe for homemade whole-grain pretzels that are not only delicious but also healthy.
- 2 cups whole-grain flour
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 egg white
- Coarse sea salt for topping
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, honey, yeast, and salt. Slowly add in the warm water, stirring until the dough comes together.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Cover the dough with a clean towel and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a long rope. Shape the rope into a pretzel shape.
- Beat the egg white in a small bowl and brush it over each pretzel. Sprinkle your choice of salt on top of each pretzel.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the pretzels are golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite dip or enjoy on their own as a healthy snack!
So go ahead and give this recipe a try, and let us know how it turned out for you!