Most of us have a late night urge for a snack especially when we went to the gym early morning to jump start our metabolism. The more we kick our metabolism to burn calories non stop the greater the urge we have to eat frequently. The American way has always been the Potato Chip snack, salty and fatty. While the Potato Chip snack is tasty and satisfying it is definitely not the healthiest snack choice. PhillyHealthWatch researched the top five Potato Chip alternatives for you to try… here they are!
- Olives: These are available with an assortment of fillings and all shapes and sizes. Stuffed with almonds, capers, red peppers or even garlic, these tiny delights are great to pop in your mouth as a snack. For the best flavor, head right to the deli section at the supermarket or gourmet shop and buy the cured ones by the pound. And don’t be scared off by the large selection — take a bunch of each and give them a try! When entertaining, it might be easier for your guests if you serve olives that have had the pits removed.
- Edamame: Fresh or dried, these soy beans are an awesome snack. If you like going to Japanese restaurants, you’ll probably recognize them as a common appetizer. You can buy bagged, frozen edamame and steam or boil them quickly. Or, you can buy shelled, dried soybeans, which you just pop in your mouth like peanuts!
- Snack Mix: These DIY mixes typically combine a crunchy cereal, pretzels, nuts, savory seasoning and perhaps a handful of something sweet, like chocolate chips. They’re kid- and grownup-friendly, and make for a party in your mouth.
- Homemade Granola: Why buy hard, processed granola when you can make a warm, fresh batch at home? This is my favorite recipe because of the blend of nuts, seeds and the flavorful surprise twist of coconut. I make a big batch on a Saturday night and cozy up on the couch with a big bowl, and then save the extra to have at my desk at work. Yum!
- Spiced Popcorn: As long as you don’t drench it in melted butter, popcorn is low-calorie, high-fibre snack. This recipe uses Parmesan cheese and rosemary to add flavour to a bag of low-fat microwave popcorn. If these flavours don’t appeal to you, simply spritz your popcorn with an oil spray and add your favourite spices.