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9 Delicious (& Healthy!) Snacks to Replace Chips

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on June 17, 2015

Crispy and salty, it's hard to resist potato chips. The very things that make them irresistible should make us wary of them: they are salty, full of saturated fat, and they go right to our thighs! Here are some crunchy and healthy alternatives to replace those nasty chips!

Kale Chips

Kale is well known for all its nutritional values. In addition to being low in calories, it is excellent for our health. Have you ever tried it in chip form? This is the best of all worlds: crispy and salty like potato chips, kale chips are delicious and healthy.

Wash and drain the kale well. Remove the stems and keep just the leaves. Cut them into pieces and place them on a baking sheet. Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Then bake at 300° F for 10 minutes or until the leaves begin to turn brown. Voila!

57 grams of kale chips contain 55 calories!



​Plain Popcorn

​Popcorn, when not loaded with butter and salt, is very good for you! Full of protein and fibre, it helps combat hunger pangs, in addition to being gluten free. Corn is a healthy whole grain. You can purchase bags of plain popcorn or prepare it at home.

Simply heat some oil in a skillet. (We recommend coconut oil that, with its high degree of saturation, retains its properties even at high temperatures.) Add the corn kernels, coating them thoroughly with oil. Cover and cook on high heat while jostling the pot until the corn kernels are broken. Pour the corn in a bowl. You can then flavour it as you wish.

50 grams of plain popcorn contain 169 calories.



Pistachios

In addition to their exquisite taste, pistachios are rich in several vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated fats good for your health. This nut is also distinguished by its very high antioxidant properties.

It is an excellent source of fibre, which is important in the fight against cancer, controlling blood sugar levels, and helping you to feel full. Since most people consume about half the recommended amount of fibre, eating pistachios will add what may be lacking in your daily food intake.

31 grams contain 174 calories.



​Edamame

Edamame are actually fresh soybeans, which contain more protein than other legumes. In addition to protein, edamame beans are an excellent source of phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining good bone health. They are also rich in plant-based iron, making them an excellent choice for vegetarians.

100 grams contain 122 calories.



​Olives Stuffed with Almonds

Olives stuffed with almonds are a great choice. Almonds are indisputably beneficial for our health: they reduce cholesterol levels in addition to being full of antioxidants and protein. This ensures that they quickly satisfy hunger pangs. Olives are also a great source of antioxidants. They contain monounsaturated fats, excellent for our cardiovascular health. The tenderness of the olive and the natural crunchiness of the almond make this a classic.

100 grams contain 200 calories.



Roasted Chickpeas

This snack is very easy to prepare and adds fibre, iron, and folate to your diet. Just take chickpeas as the basic ingredients and add the spices of your choice. The result could be compared to a blend of chips and croutons. You can find roasted chickpeas in the grocery store, but their preparation is simple.

Pour a can of rinsed and dried chickpeas in a bowl and coat them with olive oil. Then place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Let the peas bake at 350º F for 50 minutes. Caution: they keep for only 3 days. But we bet they'll disappear well before that!

100 grams of chickpeas contain 171 calories.



​Homemade Apple Chips

Apple chips are very easy to make. They are crunchy and have a good shelf life in addition to being full of fibre and vitamin C.

To prepare them, remove the core and the stalk from the apples, then cut them into very thin slices with a mandolin. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Cook in the oven at 200° F for 2 hours or until crispy. Easy as pie!

The crisps from one apple contain 80 calories.



Dried Bananas

Succulent and low in fat, dried bananas are a great alternative to chips. Whatever their seasoning, they fill you up without you having to count calories! To make dried bananas at home rather than buying them, simply cut them into small circles and sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent them from darkening. Put them on a raised grid so that they are exposed to air and moisture can escape easily. Bake at 200° F for one to three hours depending on the desired texture. You can add salt or cinnamon to your liking.

One banana contains 89 calories.


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