SHUT the front door!!!! I’m not kidding…. I want to make these RIGHT NOW!
Ritz Crackers are so nostalgic for me. I used to eat them ALL of the time—with cheese, as mini PB&J sandwiches, plain and straight out of the box! Unfortunately, the buttery, flaky texture that I love comes from highly refined, artificial, ultra processed ingredients. But, with these healthier homemade Ritz crackers, I can enjoy the snack I love while giving my body more wholesome fuel.
Packaged, ultra processed foods have become a norm today because they’re convenient, cheap, and ultra delicious! But, that means they also have to be easy and cheap to mass-produce. So, to cut down on costs, they feature cheap ingredients: highly refined flours and vegetable oils, added sugars and flavorings, artificial ingredients and preservatives.
For one thing, this loads processed foods with super saturated and unnatural flavors. AND, some potentially harmful substances, but NO real fuel. But, you CAN make healthy homemade crackers—even homemade Ritz crackers!
Homemade Ritz Crackers vs. Store-Bought
Nutritionally, a serving of these homemade Ritz crackers is somewhat similar to the store-bought version. They actually contain the same number of calories, and the homemade Ritz crackers are somewhat lower in carbs and higher in fat. But, the main difference on the nutrition label is in the fiber and sugar content.
A serving of homemade Ritz crackers has twice as much fiber and only one-third of the sugar content in store-bought Ritz! If you compare the homemade Ritz crackers nutrition to the store-bought label, the actual numerical difference seems small. But, considering a serving is only 5 crackers (and who only eats 5 crackers?!) that difference becomes more significant as we eat more crackers!
Most importantly, the difference between healthier homemade Ritz crackers and the ultra processed store-bought lies in their ingredients.