HEART HEALTHY SNACK
Every Christmas, my brother Jon, sends me a case of the infamous Altoona (Benzels) http://www.benzels.com/
pretzels, assorted shapes and sizes.
While it is true that there isn’t much nutritional benefit to pretzels; they still make a good easy to grab low fat snack. One serving of pretzels contains 1 gram of fat compared to potato chips’ 10 grams. If salt is an issue, choose the non-salted version. As with any snack, limit your intake.
I particularly love turning these pretzels into a spicy snack mixture. Actually, it’s good enough to serve with drinks or give as gifts. Warning: addictive!
1 lb. bag of thin pretzel, small or crushed/mix types
¾ cup canola oil
1 ½ Tbsp. garlic powder
1 ½ Tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1 tsp. dill
1 tsp. lemon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the oil, garlic powder, dressing mix, dill and lemon pepper. Put the pretzels (break up any large pieces) into a large bowl. Drizzle the oil mixture over the pretzels, stirring well.
Spread the pretzels out over 2 large cookie sheets.
Bake 10 minutes. Toss with a spatula.
Bake an additional 10 minutes (pretzels will start to turn dark). Cool and package either in plastic bags OR jars.