More Healthy Party Mix?
I am re- inventing my Curry Party Mix recipe with some healthier dry ingredients .
Yes, I know that most of you will be chuckling because Healthy Party Mix is an Oxymoron, but i am looking to replace the worthless ingredients (no flavor, no significant nutritional value, like Corn Nuts, Corn Chex, All-Bran, Puffed Brown Rice)with whole grain and protein- stronger elements. But I am NOT a nutritionist and i need more knowledge. My current version contains: roasted edamame [ used to be called soy nuts], wheat chex, roasted no- salt Va. peanuts, sesame stix, roasted cashews, and the nutritionless but flavorful goldfish/extra cheddar and mini bachmann pretzel sticks. To add further to your chuckles, I am working to significantly lessen the salt demons by : lining a bowl with a terrycloth towel, pouring in the pretzels, roasted edamame and goldfish, and rubbing the bundle to remove the salt, then lifting the mix, by handfuls,leaving the salt behind, as much as possible.
Now, the reason i'm explaining all this is not because i want you deriding me and telling me i'm crazy, but because i wondered if any of you smart 52ers might have other ingredient suggestions. wheat germ, special k, brewers yeast? etc. Please play nice and stay away if all you can bring to the table is sarcasm and attitude. Looking forward to learning from you all, and thx much for your time..
I am a traditional hippie who wants her snack mix to be all about the crunch. so fruit and popcorn (major empty calories) are not for me. almonds-I have added our own smoked almonds to the mix. [but HP, 'over-handling'??? we're not rolling pastry dough here! ] I did manage to find nosalt mini pretzel loops- only at Whole Foods though, and a good Sesame stick [wf as well].
for the life of me, i cant figure out why, with edamame having become so popular, roasted edamame are only found boston-locally in one market--Market Basket. my research into nutritional values- shows these roasted edamame at the top of the chart of my ingredients. Next i'm going to try brewer's yeast and toasted wheatgerm.
I WILL post a recipe in the next few wks.
any other ideas? THX so very much, youall!
Dry roasted edamame is easy to order online if you can’t find it in stores near you- they’re definitely at whole foods- or you can make yourself, just needs a long time in a low oven.
It’s a specific flavor but some cut up toasted seaweed would be fun and boost nutrition, like those nori snacks.
Hemp seeds would be another nutritional boost
Look up nutritional yeast, it’s first of all delicious but also packs a ton of Bvitamins, fiber, protein and super low if any sodium yet tastes somehow “cheesey”.
Look in bulk bins at health food stores for best price.
Also lots of ways to use it for sauces, add to soups or garnishes to whatever.
Hemp seeds are more nutritionally dense than other seeds, look up the nutritional stats there too. Best price i have found is trader joe’s. Also great just added to salads, oatmeal, pasta, etc
buy both tomorrow.
do hemp seeds take toasting o.k.?
thx much again.
I would use roasted unsalted almonds in place of cashews for a better fat profile and more protein. You can roast almonds in the microwave which is what I do.
As Nancy also recommends, make your own crackers. Especially make your own sesame sticks. Those bad boys can contain a lot of sugar as well as salt, which may be why they taste so darn good. Serious Eats have a good recipe (I would make without the beetroot powder, which seems to be there only for color). Genius Recipes cookbook has a cracker 'recipe' that looks so simple and easy: take any cooked grains, ground to a paste, smear into a thin layer and bake until crispy.
Not a nutritionist, but I come with an idea - make homemade crackers to your taste & nutritional specs.
Either cut them small before you bake or break into pieces after you bread & add to mix.
Easy a pie to make - I favor a rolling pin and board. Tried pasta roller and found it hard bc the dough is sticky. If no rolling pin, an empty wine bottle will do.
Adjust to taste - flour, fat, seeds, etc.
There are many recipes out there. Here's one I find useful as a base to riff from (on?)