Since we’re coming up on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I’d try to make some “healthy” mozzarella sticks.  If you want the brown color that you get from fried mozzarella sticks, I’d either toast the panko breadcrumbs (no oil) or put 1/4 cup of panko and 1/4 cup of regular breadcrumbs.  You might want to try pretzels (but since I’m not a salt fan, I’d use the salt-free ones)…that might work.

This makes about 9 mozzarella sticks.

  • 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp of Kosher salt 
  • 1 egg

Cut the mozzarella into sticks.  I bought a big block of mozzarella and cut them into 1 1/2 inch long logs.  Then I put the logs in the freezer for an hour.

Oven fried Mozzarella Sticks

Now preheat the oven to 450.  In a bowl, mix the egg well. 

Oven fried Mozzarella Stick Egg Mixture

In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and salt.

Oven fried Mozzarella Stick Mixture

Take the frozen mozzarella and dip into the egg mixture.  Now dip in the breadcrumb mixture, but make sure you press down hard so it sticks.  Put the cheese stick back in the egg mix and again in the bread crumbs. 

Oven fried Mozzarella Sticks  Oven fried Mozzarella Sticks

Put on an aluminum foil lined pan.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, but make sure to watch at the 8 minute mark so the cheese doesn’t ooze too much!  They aren’t quite as crispy as the fried versions, but they were pretty good.  I dipped mine in pizza sauce.  

Oven fried Mozzarella Sticks

I tried to make pretzels before and they didn’t turn out too well.  I thought I’d try again with this recipe

Perhaps the first try was a good practice because this second time, the pretzels turned out so much better.  They’re very pretty…I made them with three different toppings — Parmesan cheese, poppy seed, and sesame seeds.

They’re soft and delicious.  They are best out of the oven, but not bad if you have to heat them up.

Here are photos of my step-by-step process:

Homemade Pretzel Dough  Homemade Pretzel Dough Divided  Homemade Pretzel Dough Rope  Homemade Pretzel Dough  Homemade Pretzel Dough Egg Wash 1  Homemade Pretzel Dough Baked 1  Homemade Pretzels  Homemade Pretzels

Yet another free snack was given when I was walking down the street (story here). 

The Nutter Butter Granola Bar is the same size as the Oreo Bar which is about 3″ long (but smaller in length than the Krzr phone… maybe more the Razr). 

I thought it had a very peanut buttery flavor, again — like a cereal bar with oats and chewy bits.  It was good, but a little too sweet for me.  And there were an awful lot of ingredients for such a small snack.  And it also has palm oil.

While it only has 1.5 g of fat and 100 calories, I think I’ll pass.  I’m still trying to stick to my healthy foods that aren’t overly processed.

Blah blah blah, free snacks when I was walking down the street (story here).  So I got a free package of these 100 calorie Chips Ahoy Candy Bites.

I thought these were really good and I liked them.  They were kinda like a malted milk ball with a Chips Ahoy cookie crunch.  

Chips Ahoy Candy Bites  Chips Ahoy Candy Bites 

While only 100 calories (duh), there were 4 g of fat in the cookie bites.  A little too much fat in too few pieces.

But I really thought you’d get a kick out of this.  There was a sticker on the back of the package and if you can’t see it, it says, “Choking/Warning: Eat one at a time and chew thoroughly.  May not be appropriate for children under 6.” 

Choking Warning on Chips Ahoy Candy Bites

Seriously?  Now is it just me or does that seem a little extreme?  I mean, do they put them on the back of Raisinets?  Or Skittles?  Or Milk Duds? 

And do I need to remind you about Bush and the pretzel?  Watch this 35 second video to see his response.

Or for those of you who want to see a re-enactment, watch this video (until 2:54).

So I’ve seen the commercials, read the stories, and have only now tried these 100 calorie snack packs.

I was walking in downtown DC and happened to run into the people who were giving away free 100 calorie snacks such as the Oreo Granola bar, Ritz Crackers, Nutter Butter Bar, etc.  I’m slowly starting to try them so future posts to come on those. 

Anyway, I tried the bar and I think it doesn’t taste too bad.  It’s about 2.5 inches long and about 1 inch high.  The usual Oreo filing is now on the top.  Mixed with the chocolate cookie is Rice Krispies-type cereal and marshmallow. 

The flavor does remind me of an Oreo, but it does have a slight strange aftertaste.  It reminds me of the cereal bars that are popular.

If you’re looking for an Oreo, this probably won’t really cut it.  I mean, I don’t see anyone really dunking the bar into a cold glass of milk. 

There are 100 calories (duh) and 2 grams of fat.