Have you thought about reducing your intake of salty snacks? Maybe your doctor has advised you to reduce sodium in your diet or you want to prevent future health issues. Whatever your reason, we all know it’s not an easy task reducing sodium in our diet. I love tortilla chips, potato chips, crackers, and the list goes on. I crave the salt and crunchiness in those snacks.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) suggest individuals consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Many prepackaged snacks are loaded with sodium. Have you checked the label of your favorite snacks?
I have decided to be proactive with my health and reduce my salty snack consumption. There are many healthy alternatives but below are some of my favorite snacks with little or no added salt.
Fresh Vegetables…carrots, jicama, cauliflower and other veggies give me the crunch I’m looking for in a snack without the added salt. If you are a dipper, then hummus is a great partner for this snack.
Popcorn…If you skip all the added toppings like loads of butter and salt, popcorn can be a good snack to curve your hunger.
Kale Chips…I will admit the first couple times I tried kale chips I didn’t like it. I played around with recipes and found one I really enjoy. I do add a sprinkle of sea salt to my chips.
Almonds/Walnuts…I really enjoy this nutty snack. It’s heart healthy and keeps me fueled.
Apples with nut butter…The sweet crunch of the apple is so good. Add some “no salt added’ nut butter and you have a hearty snack.
Rice Cakes…I buy the low salt or no salt brown rice cakes. Drizzle it with a little honey or a spoonful of hummus for more flavor.
Tortilla Chips (homemade)…This is a fun snack to make and I don’t feel guilty about having my tortilla chips and salsa. I lightly salt the chips but they need very little as they come out tasting so good.
Baked Potato Chips (homemade)…Thinly sliced potatoes baked in the oven are so good! You can lightly salt them or skip it and try something fun like rosemary, black pepper or other spices you enjoy. Sweet potatoes work great too!
Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds…By roasting your own seeds so you can control the amount of salt. If you prefer to buy them from the store, make sure to check the packaging as some brands sell the “no salt added”.
Do you have a craving for salty snacks? Have you tried any low salt alternatives that have helped with your craving?