10 Salty, Savory Snacks for Your Pre-Dinner Ritual

May 19, 2016

The pre-dinner jelly bean snack has become my new evening ritual (I prefer that term to "bad habit"). But when I munch on a few here and a few more there as I'm cooking, I find I have to flush my system with water (and my teeth with toothpaste) before starting on dinner.

While I'm all about pellets of flavored sugar, I do sometimes wish I had some salty, crunchy snacks around: pretzels! chips! crackers! Or other crunchy, maybe cheesy friends that would look good on an appetizer plate (or just cradled in one hand as I stir a pot—or scramble eggs—with the other).

These 10 snacks will do for you what jelly beans (often) cannot:

Or you could, you know, buy some...

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