Showtime snacks

Let these low-fat mixes reel you in

Recipes


What makes a good movie better? For some it's a really big theater screen, digital sound, and hot buttered popcorn ― or other nutritionally challenged junk food. For me it's renting a film, getting cozy at home, and snacking smart. The obvious choices are healthy vegetables like carrots, celery, and cherry tomatoes. But is there a wholesome way to satisfy the craving for munchy, crunchy, and salty snacks with a kick? Such treats are surprisingly simple to make with lentils and rice. You cook the grains first in a boldly seasoned liquid to soften them, season some more, then bake until crisp. Flavor with the lively spice blends suggested (now available in supermarkets), make your own mix, or experiment with other blends.

Another source: Japanese food markets, where you'll find low-fat savory rice crackers and low-fat roasted green peas. You'll also find the peas that, laced with wasabi (Japanese horseradish), pack a significant wallop.

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