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How to Engage All the Senses: Sauna Cuisine

The Finnish Sauna Society recommends rehydration and a salty snack after taking a sauna, and it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. It can be as simple as store-bought pretzels or a tin of peanuts. Remember, the key to sauna bathing is comfort, so if preparing an elaborate spread isn’t your thing, no worries.110520-094804

But for those of you who find harmony in the details or who may be hosting an upcoming sauna party, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of salty snack recipes for you right here.

Honestly, we haven’t tried any of these; we’re just going by what looks or sounds good. So if you decide to try your hand at any of them, want to let us know how it goes?


Or “crisps” as they like to be called across the pond. One consistent recommendation that keeps popping up across the board: slice them thin.

Sweet Potato Chips, Taste of Home Magazine
Sea Salty and Pepper Potato Chips, AllRecipes.com
Homemade Potato Chips, Food Network


They give life in so many different ways. Toast ‘em or roast ‘em and you may find yourself at the start of a new personal food craving.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, AllRecipes.com
Roasted Winter Squash Seeds, AllRecipes.com


Some like them crunchy and some like them soft. However you like them, here are a couple tantalizing options we’ve found.

Chocolate-Almond Pretzels, MyRecipes.com
Homemade Soft Pretzels, Food Network


Bonkers. Loopy. Batty. Loco. Cracked. However you describe them, they’re a staple of the salty food movement.

Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds, Food Network
Salted Nuts, ComfyBelly.com

Party Mixes

Why settle for only one medium for sodium? Put it all together into one satisfying community of taste.

Taco-Seasoned Chex Mix, Betty Crocker
Sweet ‘n Salty Snack Mix, Land O Lakes
Chesapeake Bay Snack Mix, Martha Stewart


Like to keep things as authentic as possible? A traditional sauna snack in Finland is sausage. Now, there’s many, many different types of sausage. Fortunately, the Spicy Sausage put together a pretty good list along with individual recipes for do-it-yourself sausage-making.

What is your favorite after-sauna snack? Your fellow sauna lovers might like to know. Visit our Facebook page and tell us all about it.

Okay, so you’ve got your sauna snack, but one final question: do you have the sauna? If not, give us a call at 888.355.3050 to learn more about owning your own Almost Heaven Sauna.

May 11, 2015 •