Confession time: I am constantly craving salty foods.
While some people can chow through an entire bag of chocolates with no problem, salty chips are my weakness.
The problem is that chips don’t do a lot in terms of nutrition. Sure, they can supply a full day’s worth of calories and sodium…but that’s about it.
Over the years, I’ve come to accumulate a growing collection of healthy alternatives to chips that can satisfy my “salt tooth” with a few added benefits.
Today, I’m sharing with you three of my favorite salty snacks that are easy to make, tasty, and actually good for you. Swap the Pringles can for these nutritious choices and get ready to indulge–guilt-free!
1. Curry Roasted Chickpeas
These roasted chickpeas give you the crispiness of chips without the added sodium and calories.
Chickpeas are great healthy alternatives to chips because they are high in protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and kill off cravings.
To make these yummy chickpeas, just toss some chickpeas with olive oil, curry powder and a bit of salt to taste. Then spread them into a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 F until crispy. Take them out halfway and mix to roast evenly.
These chickpeas are a satiating way to snack, but you can also sprinkle them on top of salads or mixed veggie skillets to add just the right amount of crunch.
2. Spicy Cayenne Carrots
If you’re a fan of all things spicy, you’ll definitely love these spicy cayenne carrot fries.
Carrot fries are healthy alternatives to chips thanks to their impressive vitamin content. Carrots are especially high in vitamin A, which provides a hearty dose of antioxidants and is essential to maintaining good vision.
Toss these carrot fries with some olive oil with a dash of cayenne pepper and chili powder. Adjust to achieve your desired level of spiciness–add a good amount if your taste buds can handle the heat or add just a quick sprinkle for just a touch of spice. Bake on a sheet pan at 400 F for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10 minutes.
Not only are these carrot fries perfect for snacking, but they make an awesome healthy side dish as well!
3. Salt & Pepper Radish Chips
Move over salt and vinegar chips, these salt and pepper radish chips are just as delicious–and way more healthy.
Radishes provide a hefty chunk of several important vitamins and minerals, bringing tons of folate, fiber, potassium, and B-vitamins.
Cut your radish very thin and coat or spray it with olive oil plus a good amount of salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 F, flipping them over halfway to make sure they cook evenly.
Radish chips are the ideal solution for even the biggest chip addict. They shrink up a bit in the oven, but that makes them the perfect size to promote portion control and prevent overeating.
Now that I’ve shared my favorite healthy alternatives to chips, time for you to spill on yours! Leave a comment with your best tricks to satisfying your salt cravings without the potato chips.