Do you find that you crave a salty snack rather than a sweet one? You’re like most of us, then! If you reach for a handful of wavy potato chips to go with your sandwich, or dig through a mylar bag between meals, this article is for you.
What’s so bad about white potatoes? Why can’t you enjoy the satisfying crunch of even baked potato chips once in a while? You can kiss the guilt of snacking on junk food goodbye with these surprising chip alternatives.
Why not potato chips?
While adding a whole baked potato to your meal now and then is fine, a regular diet of processed and fried white potatoes is not. Why is this? The bottom line, as seen in this diagram, is glycemic index.
White potatoes, when processed or fried, become simple carbs, which absorb into the body quickly, spiking the blood sugar. A blood sugar spike not only means your hunger will return quickly, but insulin releases, triggering the body to store fat right away. Accompanying chips with a protein will slow the carb absorption, but not much. We need another kind of snack.
Enter vegetables to the rescue. While you aren’t going to find your taste buds quite used to these alternatives right away, give them some time and you will adjust.
Cauliflower. There are a ton of things you can do with cauliflower—pizza crust, fotato soup, and more. It seems to be a favorite potato replacement because of its similar texture and color. If you are craving a chip, though, you’ll want to marinate these florets and bake them, as in this roasted cauliflower recipe. The blogger says she found herself reaching for more, just like you would out of a bag of potato chips.
Kale. Of course we can’t forget this easy, cheap, and popular chip alternative. You literally only need three ingredients for the basic version: kale, oil, and salt. A good recipe can be found here. Don’t forget that you can dress these up to be any flavor you want with spices you have on hand.
Beans. Ever heard of roasted peas? In this version, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are tossed in olive oil and roasted in the oven until they become crunchy, just like a chip. Make a batch today and keep them in an airtight container to last all week for easy, tasty, healthy snacking.
Zucchini. Ok, this one’s not chips, but it is a good substitute for French fries. If you’re like most Americans, you can’t do without a piping hot French fry indulgence now and then. Except now, you don’t have to add the processed, deep fried negativity to your body. Zucchini fries are just as tasty and can be made in a snap at home. You can try this breaded version that is baked, or this gluten-free version made with powdered parmesan cheese and either baked or sautéed with coconut oil on the stove.
What’s your alternative?
That’s a lot of vegetables that can be transformed into savory snacks. Rather than be discouraged by these veggie versions, this post should get you excited: you don’t have to gain weight to satisfy your cravings anymore! Sure they will take a little more time and effort at home, but isn’t it worth it to keep the cushion off your waist?
What are some of your snacking secrets? Do you overindulge in heavily processed or deep fried snacks and wish to change? Or have you established a weekly routine to keep healthy snacks in the pantry? If so, we need to know how to do it! Leave us a comment with either your resolution or testimony—we want to get our readers talking to each other about ways to stay healthy, at home and on the go!