Healthy Chip Alternatives

Top 6 choices for better snacking

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Top 6 choices for better snacking
Potato chips have been around for a long time and are a predominant part of the snack food market in western countries. Every party, sporting event, holiday or picnic— there they are! It is hard to get away from them and, even more importantly, it’s hard to stop yourself from eating several servings at one time. There is something about chips that lures you in and keeps you coming back for more!

But a recent long-term study by Harvard School of Public Health determined that potato chip consumption is the greatest contributor to weight gain. Yes, that’s right— even more than soda, candy and ice cream!

If weight loss and overall health is a top priority in your world, it is really important to find healthier alternatives. Several of the common day chips are loaded with artificial flavors, colors and trans fat! But you don’t have to avoid chips forever. Finding healthier alternatives will satisfy that delicious crunch we all crave without sacrificing your goals and, more importantly, your health! So I’m going to share my top six healthy gluten-free chip alternatives that will help satisfy your chip craving without risking your health or fitness goals!

When seeking healthy chip alternatives, here are my suggestions of what to look for:
• No artificial flavors and added preservatives
• No cholesterol
• Low sodium, under 200 mg/serving is best
• No trans fats
• Fewer than 200 calories/serving
• Limited ingredients (a healthy alternative should have very few ingredients listed)

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Pop ChipsAlternative #1: Pop Chips

These are simply “popped” to keep all the flavor and nutrition instead of being fried or baked!

Per serving:
Calories: 120
Fat: 4 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated: 0.5
Monounsaturated: 2.5
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: <1g
Protein: 2 g

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Fit PopcornAlternative #2: Fit Popcorn

Per serving:
Calories: 130
Fat: 6 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 220 mg
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 3 g

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Mary's Gone CrackersAlternative #3: Mary’s Gone Crackers

Organic, gluten free, vegan, nut-free, dairy free, wheat free, no hydrogenated oils no trans fats. Made with brown rice, quinoa, flaxseeds, sesame seeds.

Per serving:
Calories: 140
Fat: 5 g
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated: 2.5
Monounsaturated: 1.5
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 3 g

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Almond Nut ThinsAlternative #4: Almond Nut Thins

Gluten free, no cholesterol or saturated fat. Low sodium base comes from rice flour and almonds.

Per serving:
Calories: 130
Fat: 2.5 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 80 mg
Carbohydrates: 24 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 3 g

Healthy Chip Alternatives - Top 6 choices for better snackingAlternative #5: Roasted Seaweed Snacks

No gluten, vegan, low sodium. Simply seaweed, canola oil, sesame oil and sea salt.

Per serving:
Calories: 30
Fat: 2 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 50 mg
Carbohydrates: 1 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 1 g

Alternative #6: Gina’s Simple Kale Chips

Gluten free, vegan, nut-free, dairy free, wheat free, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats AND extremely nutrient dense. It’s simply kale, olive oil and seasonings.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups kale
Seasoning of your choice (sea salt, cayenne pepper, chipotle seasoning, Italian seasoning, etc.)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove the stems and wash the leaves well. Pat dry or use a salad spinner until completely moisture free. Place kale in large bowl and add olive oil. Use tongs or your hands to distribute the oil over all the leaves evenly. Place kale on a lined baking sheet and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just brown and crispy. If desired, you can turn on broil for a few minutes to get them extra crispy. Enjoy!

Per serving (entire batch):
Calories: 180
Fat: 15 g
Sat fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: (varies depending on seasonings used)
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 0 g
Protein: 4.5 g

Source

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/diet-nutrition/story/2011/06/Potato-chips-worst-culprit-for-weight-gain/48785290/1

Gina Aliotti

Gina is Co-Founder of Devotion Nutrition. She is a Professional Figure Competitor, certified personal trainer, certified yoga instructor, CrossFit instructor, nutritionist, and fitness consultant. Her passion is to inspire, motivate and teach people the tools to reach their lifelong fitness goals, in a realistic and fun way.

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