Craving something salty? Skip that bag of potato chips or order of French fries, which tend to be high in calories and fat and can quickly derail your weight loss goals. The good news? You don’t have to give up your salty treats completely. There are many options for healthy snacks that’ll satisfy every salty craving.
Here are 8 healthy alternatives for when you’re in the mood for something salty:
- Kale chips: Wash a head of kale and break the leaves into chip-like pieces. Toss in a little olive oil and bake on a cookie sheet in the oven at 375. Keep a close eye on them as they will burn quickly. When crispy, take them out and toss with a little sea salt.
- Veggie chips: Slice a zucchini, yellow squash, beet or sweet potato into thin slices and toss with a little olive oil. Bake them in a hot oven until crispy and sprinkle a little sea salt on them. You can try other seasoning combinations, too! Cinnamon and nutmeg are great on sweet potatoes, while cumin, garlic powder and chili powder are all great on zucchini.
- Pickles: A big dill pickle is incredibly satisfying for the worst of salt cravings. And for practically no calories or sugar, they are a great alternative.
- Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds are a great source of many vitamins and minerals, and even protein. Keep a close eye on your portion sizes though, as they can be high in calories and fat and are very easy to overeat.
- Ants on a log: Remember these from school? Still a great snack for an adult. Simply spread a little peanut butter into a rib of celery and add a few raisins on top. Again, keep an eye on the portion size of your peanut butter, as it tends to be higher in calories.
- Mixed nuts: A handful of mixed nuts is a fantastic snack, especially when you are craving salt. Nuts are a great source of protein and contain many healthy fats. This combination helps you to feel full and less likely to indulge in other snacks. If you are buying pre-mixed nuts, make sure to look for “less salt” options, but you can also easily create your own mix at home.
- Roasted chickpeas: Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas and toss with olive oil. Go ahead and add your favorite seasonings: Try rosemary and sea salt, or cumin, chili powder and garlic powder for a flavorful snack. Bake in a hot oven (around 425 or 450) until crispy.
- Edamame: These are usually available in the frozen food section of the grocery store. Simple add to boiling water for a few minutes until hot, drain and toss with sea salt. Edamame is a great source of fiber, protein and many vitamins and minerals, and will help you feel full.
You can also try one of the many delicious Medifast Meal Replacement products for a quick and easy option on the go. Cravings are a very normal part of life and especially weight loss, but they don’t have to sabotage your progress. Give one of these healthy alternatives a try instead!