Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  92
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  127 mg
  • Potassium  37 mg
  • Phosphorus  16 mg
  • Calcium  3 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

Try this recipe for Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix. Don’t reach for the packaged stuff at the grocery store, make it yourself and know it is low sodium and recommended for a kidney diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by the DaVita dietitian team.

Portions: 20     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 4 cups Ralston Purina® Rice Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Kellogg’s® Crispex® cereal
  • 3 cups bite-sized oyster crackers
  • 1 cup unsalted pretzel twists
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted margarine
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  2. Melt margarine in a 10” x 15” pan. Stir in spices, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  3. Add cereals, crackers and pretzels. Toss to coat evenly.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes; gently mix every 15 minutes.
  5. Spread on paper towels to cool. 
  6. Store in airtight container.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 starch
    • 1/2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Compare brands—cereals, crackers and pretzels vary greatly in sodium content. Always get the brand with the least amount of sodium.

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Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

CindyRD says:


Made these for patients the month before the superbowl, mostly a big hit but most patients don't want to go through the trouble of baking, they enjoyed it a lot though, good flavor. And made the house smell delicious when cooking!

Feb. 26, 2014, 10:10 AM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

alyssacroacia says:


When you add the cereals/pretzels etc. to the sauce, do they get soggy? Dietitian comment: Not unless you use a margarine that contains added water[INVALID]usually found in some of the reduced-fat products. The oil from the margarine coats the cereals and pretzels but will not saturate them. The baking will make the cereal and pretzels even more crisp.

Nov. 02, 2013, 9:04 AM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

banuettom says:


I have tried looking for unsalted margarine and have been unsuccessful. Which is a better substitute, New Balance or unsalted butter? Love your website!! Dietitian comment: Smart Balance buttery spread adds 22 mg sodium per serving[INVALID]still acceptable. If you use unsalted butter it adds 8 mg cholesterol per serving and the sodium remains the same.

Jan. 22, 2013, 8:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

elby says:


I couldn't find Kellogg's Crippex Cereal so I substituted Wild Riceworks gourmet wildrice crisps bag 5.5 oz. They only have 85mg. sodium. Don't know Phosphorus or potassium. I'll email the company and see. Anyway, it was delicious!!! Thank you DaVita.

Apr. 19, 2012, 3:28 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

plew says:


Can unsalted butter be substituted for the margarine? If not, I suggest warning readers about the trans fat content.

Mar. 19, 2012, 4:19 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

ssy42 says:


A lot of flavor and not to spicy. I followed the directions excactly and it turned out perfect. Was a big party favorite.

Sep. 28, 2011, 2:22 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

jgrimm1 says:


I made this for my patients multiple times and it's always a hit!

Aug. 05, 2010, 7:17 AM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

mcrdld says:


I recently made this for a snack during an edcuational event at our clinic. Everyone loved it. Such a great snack idea, with limited sodium, potassiun and phosphorus. It definitely doesn't taste "diet"!

Apr. 19, 2010, 1:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix



My husband really liked these. It is so hard to find low sodium chips so these were a great treat for him.

Mar. 29, 2009, 8:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

katielegli says:


I made this recipe for my patients & it went over really well.

Mar. 26, 2009, 7:17 AM - Inappropriate review?

Spicy Crunch and Munch Snack Mix

JPRD says:


I have a patient who makes this regularly. It's very good.

Sep. 08, 2008, 12:27 PM - Inappropriate review?

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