It’s time to end that love affair with the potato chip and try some healthier alternatives that are just as delicious!
Plain rice cakes on their own provide a small amount of essential daily nutrients like iron, zinc, magnesium and fibre, but you can also add other ingredients to ensure the energy boost lasts longer. Cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, peanut butter and avocado are good toppings that will also enhance the flavour of a plain rice cake.
Nuts like almonds are very popular, but you should also include walnuts, cashews and macadamias in your diet as they provide many essential nutrients. Walnuts are rich in valuable omega-3 fats which help protect you from heart disease, cancer and a wide range of other illnesses. Your body isn’t able to make omega-3 fats on its own so it is important to include omega-3 rich foods in your diet. Cashews are a great source of magnesium which helps maintain better muscle and nerve function, while macadamias are (not only very tasty) but great for boosting your metabolism and may aid with weight loss – something your beloved potato chip never seems to do.
If you’re craving something salty, instead of reaching for that packet of chips go instead for a handful of salt roasted pumpkin seeds. However if you’re watching your salt intake, unsalted pumpkin seeds may be a better option for you. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, omega-3, protein and magnesium. They are also great for heart and liver health and improving your sleep.
If you can’t completely give up your love for potato, you can try switching to the sweet kind. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, vitamin C and other essential vitamins. The best way to ensure the ingredients aren’t processed is to make your own chips.
While this isn’t an invitation to buy a large bag of buttery popcorn to eat throughout the day, you can enjoy popcorn lightly salted for more flavour but keep the butter minimal. The best thing is to buy popping corn and prepare the popcorn yourself on a stove top or microwave. Depending on how it’s prepared, popcorn can be a healthy low-kilojoule snack. Popcorn on its own contains more protein and phosphorus than potato chips.
Quell your savoury cravings with a small bowl or pickles and olives. Olives are rich in antioxidants and a good source of vitamin E while pickles are low in calories and contain vitamin K .You can enjoy these savoury treats together or on their own.
For a very quick salty snack, slice up a cucumber and sprinkle a pinch of salt over the top. Due to the high water content, cucumbers will rehydrate you and give you some of those much needed vitamins including vitamin B and C. Leave the skin on to get more vitamin C. Cucumber can also help to relieve joint pain as it helps strengthen connective tissues.