Fact: Potato chips are delicious. Less fantastic fact: Potato chips are not good for you. Luckily, there are lots of healthy alternatives that allow you to alternate the delicious parts of potato chips (salty, crunchy goodness) while adding some redemptive nutritional value.
Even though it initially sounds gross, do not knock it until you try it. The dried seaweed snacks that are available at grocery stores have all the crunch and saltiness features of potato chips, but fewer calories and more vitamins and minerals. The taste is a little different, but it is still good. Seaweed is a snack that you can crunch your way through an entire bag without guilt.
I am not talking about the one you often get at the movies. I am talking about the popcorn kernels you buy at the grocery store. Throw them in a paper bag, pop them in the microwave, and finally add your favorite seasonings. You can go gourmet with some olive oil and rosemary, classic with butter and a little salt, or sweet with a handful of M&Ms. The popcorn is full of fiber and polyphenols; two things are good for us!
3. Homemade veggie chips
There is a fact that you can slice any vegetable and bake it into a chip. You can start with simple things like sweet potatoes or squash, to something slightly weird like broccoli or spinach. There is no limitation for your homemade veggie chips. And, believe me, you will find it worthy because the alternatives are not only delicious but also healthy.
4. Quinoa chips
If you are persistent that your salty snack must be in classic flavors like onion and sour cream, give quinoa chips a chance. They not only come in classic chip flavors but also provide things like fiber and protein, which makes them a healthier snack choice.
Pistachios are the favorite salty snack of many people. Besides being crunchy and salty, pistachios are full of healthy fat and nutrients. Furthermore, it is quite fun to crack pistachios out of their little shells, right?
6. Roasted chickpeas
They are extremely good for you and very easy to make, too. Everything you need is an oven, a can of chickpeas, and your favorite seasonings. Preheat your oven to 350˚C, rinse your chickpeas then dry them with paper towels (this is the key!). Mix your chickpeas in a bowl with your chosen seasoning and a little olive oil, put them in the oven for 45 minutes or until they are crispy and nice. Finally, munch them away. The dish will be more flavor on salads.
7. Sunflower seeds
Even though they are probably familiar to a lot of people, they are still considered as delicious yet healthy snacks. Sunflower seeds get a perfect snacking texture and are crazy high in minerals and vitamins.