6 Easy Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn is a yummy healthy snack. Try finding no butter popcorn and add some variety to your snack time with one of these ideas, add a little or a lot to make it your own.

 

Sriracha – For those of you who like the heat,  drizzle over some spicy Sriracha to have a nice,  spicy treat.

Old Bay – Being from Maryland we love old bay. Don’t have it near you? Try a McCormick spice mix, Rotisserie Chicken, it’s a less intense but similar flavor for those of you don’t have access to Maryland’s favorite spice.

Chocolate – For Chocolate lovers, drizzle some chocolate over your popcorn for when you have a sweet tooth craving.  Keep it healthy with a small amount of dark chocolate and add a little dried fruit.

Cinnamon Sugar – When your in the holiday mood, mix cinnamon and sugar  together, add a little melted butter to put on your popcorn and you have a sweet snack ready any time..

Olive Oil – If you want to keep things simple drizzle some olive oil over your popcorn and season with salt and pepper.

Parmesan Garlic – For something savory, shake some garlic powder and Parmesan cheese over your popcorn. Add a tiny bit of butter or olive oil to help the cheese stick and your ready to enjoy.

 

Orville Redenbocher SmartPop! is a brand  you could try that is low in calories and fat.

*Gluten Free*

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Turkey Sandwich

Already missing thanksgiving? Make a healthy turkey sandwich to sooth the craving that won’t leave you with thanksgiving dinner remorse.

Turkey Sandwich:

2 slices of Rye or Whole Grain bread – you can use any healthy bread you prefer

5 slices of turkey lunch meat

1 tablespoon raspberry jam

1 tablespoon cream cheese small hand full of spinach – optional

1. Spread raspberry jam on one slice of bread and cream cheese on the other.

2. Pile the lunch meat on top of the bread and add some spinach.

3. Put your sandwich together and enjoy!

5 Quick and Easy Snacks

Quesadilla- Tortilla wrap filled with cheese and fold over. Microwave for 1 minute.

Quick Eggs–  Mix up eggs in a mug or microwavable bowl and microwave for 1 minute.

Chocolate Covered Bananas- Melt chocolate in microwave for about 2 minute or until the chocolate is melted.  Stir every 30 seconds. Pour chocolate over cut banana and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Special Nachos– a small bag of nacho flavored Doritos, cheese, and hot sauce. microwave for 30- 60 seconds.

Apple and Peanut Butter– Add some granola for some crunch.

Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

These Rice Crispy Treats don’t have marshmallows or butter, they only use 4 ingredients you’ll be sure to have laying around your dorm room.

Rice Crispy Treats:

3 cups Rice Crispy Cereal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup Honey or Agave

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Microwave the honey and peanut butter for 1 minute.

2. Mix in the rice crispy cereal.Then once the cereal is completely covered, add the chocolate chips.

3. Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap to make one giant square, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into smaller squares.

*Vegan Friendly*

*Gluten Free*  With Gluten Free Rice Crispy Cereal

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Think about using left over chicken from last nights dinner to create a new lunch meal. Use cream cheese instead of fattening blue cheese dressing for a new healthy spin that’s just as yummy.

1 tortilla wraps

1/2 cup chicken

3 tablespoons cream cheese ( enough to spread)

1 tablespoon hot sauce (or to your liking)

*for extra crunch add some lettuce from the salad bar in the diner

1. Spread cream cheese over tortilla wrap.

2. Lay chicken across the middle in a line over the tortilla.

3. Drizzle hot sauce over chicken and wrap it up!

Mac and Cheese in a Mug

Perfect when you want Easy Mac but don’t want noodles with fake powder cheese.  Grab a mug, some pasta, and cheese to make this  single portioned recipes in minutes!

Mac and Cheese:

1 cup water ( enough to cover noodles)

1/2 cup pasta

1/2 cheese of your choice

1. Place your noodles in your mug and cover with water.  te noodles should be completely cover so you may need to add more or less depending on the size of yur mug.

2. Microwave for 8 minutes, pausing every 2 to give a quick stir to your pasta and add more water if needed.

3. Check the pasta to make sure it is cooked to your liking, if not cook longer.

4. If there is a lot of excess water, drain until there is only a small amount left in the bottom.  Mix in your cheese. if your cheese does not completely melt, pop it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Enjoy!

*Gluten Free* with Gluten Free Pasta

Microwave Mug Brownie

What college student doesn’t have hot chocolate mix? If you don’t, you have a better chance of being able to get hot chocolate mix then cocoa powder.  For this recipe it would wise to invest in getting some flour and a large container of hot chocolate mix( so you don’t need to rip open little packs) to have handy  anytime you want a yummy quick brownie. All you have to do is mix the ingredient and put them in a microwave.

Brownie:

4 tablespoons flour

9 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix

pinch of salt

1 egg

3 tablespoons of water

3 tablespoons of oil

* Switch half the oil for apple sauce for a healthier option

1.Mix together flour, chocolate mix, and  salt into the mug.

2.  Crack the egg in the mug and stir in.

3.  Add the oil and water, mix well.

4. Microwave for 3 minutes, the cake will rise while cooking then drop down quickly when finished.

*Add a few chocolate chips for a nice gooey cake.

Make Your Own Granola Bars

Make Your Own Granola Bars are perfect to make exactly what you like in a super healthy snack.  Make 10  bars that are  perfect for taking on the go.  These bars only take a few minutes to make, with ingredient that you can keep in your dorm room for anytime granola bar making fun!

Granola Bars:

1 1/2 cups rolled Oats or Granola

1/4 cup  sweetener – Honey, Agave, or Maple Syrup

1/4 cup nut butter – Peanut, Almond, Cashew

1 cup nuts – Peanut, Almond, Cashew, Walnuts, Hazelnut, etc

1 cup dried fruit – Dates, Cranberries, Raisins, etc

*add 1/4 cup of extras like chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla and more.

1.Heat the sweetener and nut butter in the microwave for 30 second intervals until the mixture is smooth and easy to pour.

2. Mix in the nuts, oats or granola, and dried fruit with the warmed nut butter and sweetener.

3. If you have a pan, line it with plastic wrap. If you don’t have a pan. just lay out plastic wrap on a table and spread out mixture on the plastic wrap. Placing anther piece of plastic on top, try to make the shape of the bars into one large square.

4. Refrigerate the bar for 25 to 30 minutes. then cut into long rectangle bars.

You can keep them in an air tight container or the refrigerate

*Vegan Friendly*

*Gluten Free*

High Quality Junk Food

In those desperate moments of hunger, sometimes it seems like junk food is the easiest option.  They are always around us, in vending machines, convenience stores, and even in the diner. From bags of chips or cookies, to fries and ice cream all these healthy snacks are fattening calories that aren’t filling you up.

But why waist our snacking on an unsatisfying bag of chips, that is only half full when opened,  when we can have other snacks that have less calories and can help with our goal of eating healthy.

Chips– Try out different snacks that are less calories and just as tasty like pretzels, unbuttered popcorn, rice cakes,or whole wheat crackers. If you still want a chip like experience, try out sun chips or wheat thins for a satisfying, healthier snack.

Cookies- Instead of going for a huge cookie at the coffee shop or a bag of cookies in a convenience store, try the 100 calorie snacks.  These snacks have less sugar and sodium as the other cookies and they are perfectly portioned for having the same amount of cookies for less of a fattening price.

Pastries- Try spending those calories on something fancy and filling.   Going for pastries made high in quality and with fancy ingredients will make you feel better about having a buttery croissant or danish as a satisfying, fancy treat.

Granola bars- From chocolate, to peanut butter, to having dried fruits and many more, there are so many types of granola bars that are healthy and filling.  Any type you choose will be a better option then a fatty bag of chips.  Try choosing ones that don’t have too much sugar, but more protein to add a  little energy boast during the day.

Frozen yogurt– Instead of fattening ice cream choose frozen yogurt.  If  they have it as an option in the cafeteria or you get it at the yogurt shop down the street, frozen yogurt is a healthier treat and adds calcium to your diet.  Don’t have access to a yogurt shop? Try the 4 pack, 110 calorie portioned Greek frozen yogurt from Healthy Choice, that you can store in your dorm room or give a cup to a few friends.

Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip

This Quick Recipe take 5 minutes to make and only has 3 ingredients. its a great dip for fruits like apples or  graham cracker, pretzels and cookies.

Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip:

1 (6 oz) container or Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons of peanut butter (or another nut butter of your choosing)

1 tablespoon of honey

1. Mix yogurt, nut butter, and honey together until smooth.  If desired drizzle a little bit of extra honey on top for added sweetness.

* use a big scoop with a plastic spoon for a tablespoon.

*Gluten Free*