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augeremt
05-02-2010, 04:52 AM
Lately, I've been craving potato chips. Nothing specific, but more the crunch, saltiness, and cheesy/oniony flavor of SunChips or Baked Lays or Doritos or Chex Mix. BUT, I know they're full of calories and unhealthy stuff I don't necessarily want to ingest.

So...do you have any alternative suggestions that could satisfy this craving? Or methods of dealing with getting over it?

Pretty please?


Beverlyjoy
05-02-2010, 07:11 AM
Once in a while, when I would like to include chips in my daily plan - I will pick up a small bag (single serving) of Lays Baked Chips at Subway. That way it's a smalll measured amount. Eat them slowly and enjoy each bite.

If I want salt and crunch - sometimes I'l cut up big pieces of celery and eat them with salsa as a dip.

rockinrobin
05-02-2010, 08:36 AM
For me, lots of this has been about de-sensitizing myself from *those* kinds of foods. The ones that I craved, overate and wanted the most, that is. I found the longer I went without them, the less and less that I wanted them and eventually they pretty much became a non-issue.

But I did make sure I had plenty of OTHER good foods around. Healthy and delicious alternatives to that kind of stuff.

The chip one is fairly easy -

Baked beets - scrub some beets, slice as thin as possible, lay out on a roasting sheet covered in tin foil, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkled with sea salt and spray some more. Bake in a 400 degree oven, turning once for about 20 minutes or so till crisp and done. DELISH!!!

There's also turnip fries, roasted green beans, roasted asparagus, roasted cauliflower, roasted brussel sprouts. These foods may seem odd to eat *just because* and as a snack, but to me, they're not. I had to think outside the box.

Like Beverlyjoy, I also very often turn to celery and salsa. Daily in fact.


Beverlyjoy
05-02-2010, 09:11 AM
Robin - I've made sweet potato and parsnips 'chips' many times. I've never thought of using beets. What a good idea...thanks.

rockinrobin
05-02-2010, 09:17 AM
Robin - I've made sweet potato and parsnips 'chips' many times. I've never thought of using beets. What a good idea...thanks.

You see sweet potatoes, I can't do. I overdo them and I am never satiated. Parsnips, I probably would too, but not as badly. Especially if I only am making a certain amount. I shall experiment.

I never had a fresh beet in my life till about a month and a half ago. And we (my entire family) have been hooked on them ever since. They are out of this world.

But I warn you - don't get scared - it will do amazing things to the color of your, ummm,waste.

mkendrick
05-02-2010, 09:21 AM
I'm loving the sweet potato and beets ideas!

I use Mission low carb tortillas for wraps and such. 80 cal/tortilla. One time I got a wild hair and sprayed a tortilla in no-stick spray, sprinkled it with a few spices (cumin, chili powder, and garlic I think) and cut it into little triangles. I baked it at a fairly high temp. When it was done, I had chips! I dipped them in homemade salsa (just tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalepeno). It was a yummy treat :)

ElanaRose
05-02-2010, 10:17 AM
You can slice some potatoes really thin, spritz them with a little olive oil, and pop them in the oven! You can even create your own flavors with spices that you'd find in your house. IE: Italian flavor: A little Parmesan cheese and oregano/basil. Western: Cajun spice/any kind of hot pepper. :) Or my mom sometimes makes eggplant -- You slice it thinly so that it'll crisp up and sprinkle grated cheese on top.

yoyoma
05-02-2010, 10:24 AM
This may or may not work for you, but I sometimes eat terriyaki flavored nori strips. If you don't need the extra flavor (I do) and want to go all-natural you can get plain roasted nori. Lots of good micronutrients and very low in calories.

FreeSpirit
05-02-2010, 10:31 AM
Sliced cucumbers with salt! Crunchy, salty, yummy.

stella1609
05-02-2010, 10:53 AM
I eat wholegrain Goldfish crackers, or blue corn tortilla chips with salsa. But maybe that's a little TOO close to chips for what you're looking for?

paris81
05-02-2010, 11:01 AM
Some great ideas here! I also will slice up a butternut squash and bake it with salt (from Hungry girl Butternut squash fries). I find that they're kinda in between fries and chips. And super low cal for a lot of them!

westernsoutherngirl
05-02-2010, 11:56 AM
I use these wheat-free, gluten-free crackers called "Mary's Gone Crackers" (I have only tried the original flavor) that are made from rice and various seeds. VERY CRUNCHY but not very salty. They are made with brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. 13 crackers has 140 cals, 5 g of fat and 3 g fiber but I usually only eat 7 and break them into 4 for more "volume". These have really saved me because I could truly eat my weight in chips it is my huge (no pun intended) downfall. I have also used Soy crisps but try not to eat too much soy. Good luck. I might try the beet idea. Also someone before had suggested roasted chickpeas but I haven't tried that yet.

Veil
05-02-2010, 12:13 PM
At our house we LOVE "Nut-Thins" (made by Blue Diamond)- they are so crunchy and so delicious. They come in a couple flavors, we like either the Almond or Pecan. It is around 130 calories for 16 crackers. 2g protein. 23g carb. "Mary's Gone Crackers" are SO GOOD too!!!

rileyozzy
05-02-2010, 12:21 PM
I munch on veggie sticks. They are salty and crispy and the serving size is pretty big. They are not as healthy as some of the other suggestions, but they sure kick the chip craving.

Beverlyjoy
05-02-2010, 12:49 PM
I like rice cakes...lightly salted and crunchy.

Check the label...many are brown rice and 35 calories each.

Renwomin
05-02-2010, 01:27 PM
A few people on a thread here mentioned kale chips.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/veggie-challenged/195567-got-kale.html

I haven't had the opportunity to try them myself but I'm really intrigued especially since they were talking about their kids and/or grandkids loving them!

Here is one of many recipes out there.

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=16634.0

It looks so simple!

I have to admit to still eating and buying chips. I just look for ones low in saturated fat and higher in fiber and/or protein. (Multigrain chips, baked chips, vegetable chips, cooked in olive oil, etc.) When I do eat them I only eat the serving size which is pretty small but I'm satisfied with it!

Brit
05-02-2010, 01:34 PM
thin cut potatoes

bunnythesAINT
05-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Kale chips are pretty good actually. I went on a field trip in the 5th grade to some place where they had a buncho kale products and the chips tasted kind of like tortilla chips. Just kinda.

oodlesofnoodles
05-02-2010, 06:39 PM
I cut a potato realllly thin and bake it at like 450 for 20ish minutes, sprayed with ICBINB spray and seasoned with whatever seasoning I feel like. They're really good!

tomato sunshine
05-02-2010, 07:59 PM
hmm...i keep buying these Safeway brand "Eating Right" soy crisps that come in BBQ, sea salt, and sour cream & onion. I'm not sure what the name brand equivalent is... maybe Quaker has soy crisps? They remind me of rice cakes...

oodlesofnoodles
05-02-2010, 08:14 PM
Pop chips from costco are also really good.

randomcards
05-02-2010, 08:53 PM
Pop chips from costco are also really good.

+1 I ordered a case of salt and vinegar off of amazon. I got the 100 calorie bags (like the size of a normal small bag of chips) and they are really really good. Way better than rice cakes or anything like that.

I recommend them for those who can't totally give up the occassionaly salty crunchy chip.

augeremt
05-03-2010, 01:43 AM
Wow. You guys are amazing! All these ideas are awesome and I am definitely going to try all the baked veggies. I also liked the suggestions of other products out there which aren't too bad for you. Sweet.

Thanks again!

seabiscuit
05-03-2010, 02:28 AM
How about baby carrots with hummus or fat free ranch dressing?

rockinrobin
05-03-2010, 07:10 AM
Wow. You guys are amazing! All these ideas are awesome and I am definitely going to try all the baked veggies. I also liked the suggestions of other products out there which aren't too bad for you. Sweet.

Thanks again!

I prefer to go the veggie route, whether it be the roasted veggies or the veggies and salsa route or anything of the sort - *to me*, I get waaaay more filling power, and lasting filling power at that, along with the nutrition with the veggies. And on top of them not filling me up at all, those chip things, just bring on the urge to keep eating more and more chip type things and it becomes a never ending battle.

Gold32
05-03-2010, 02:30 PM
Well, not as healthy as the veggie route, but I love this popcorn we buy. I know, I know, the lining in the bag is bad for you... whatever. It's prepacked, preportioned, ready to pop in the microwave, lightly buttered, for 100 calories. And there's a decent amount too, takes me nearly 45 minutes to eat the whole bag. (But I do savor it...) We found it at Costco, I think it's Orville. I do want to look into buying my own big bag of plain popcorn kernels... my grandma used to make her own using the jewel kind? It was pretty good.

mkendrick
05-03-2010, 04:33 PM
I had some kale in the fridge leftover from a soup. I had no idea what else to do with it, so when I saw the kale chip suggestion, I figured what the heck :)

I ripped the leafy part from the stems and tore it into smaller pieces. Put just a few drops of olive oil in the bowl, it does NOT take a lot, a shake of salt, and some seasoning. I used bbq seasoning, like bbq chips. Then mixed it all together. Spread them out on two baking sheets and baked them at 350deg for about 6 min. All the recipes and stuff I've been seeing have said 10-12 min, that seems like way too much to me, unless my oven is just crazy. My "kale" chips were crispy, with some parts that were a bit chewier where it folded over. I liked that effect, personally, but I wouldn't cook them for more than 7 min.

I definitely suggest these kale chips. It sounds crazy, I know, but it does make a surprisingly satisfying substitution. You can make it as salty as you want, and season it any way. The texture is like very very dry leaves, which is all they are, I guess. It makes a nice audible crunch, they're so light, it's more of a crisp.

Kale chips have the Megan stamp of approval...lol

Glory87
05-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Baked beets - scrub some beets, slice as thin as possible, lay out on a roasting sheet covered in tin foil, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkled with sea salt and spray some more. Bake in a 400 degree oven, turning once for about 20 minutes or so till crisp and done. DELISH!!!



I have whole beets in the frig, thanks for the awesome idea.

Taurie
05-03-2010, 05:07 PM
hmmm, roasted sweet potatoes are delish! They are my favourite thing in the world! (as far as food goes, anyway).

sotypical
05-03-2010, 05:14 PM
I love roasted chick peas. But usually when I want chips not much else will do. I like the mini rice cakes too.

randomcards
05-03-2010, 08:53 PM
Had wasabi peas today!!! Unbelievable, super good.

Dried out and extremely crunchy with a great wasabi flavor. Highly recommend trying if you can find them