Snack Suggestions Wanted

By Tluvtigger Latest Reply 2014-02-13 16:00:50 -0600
Started 2011-08-26 14:37:06 -0500

I have been really craving potato chips, and salty snacks lately. I don't want to eat them, but I am feeling deprived. Does anyone have any easy snacks suggestions that would make me feel like I was getting a treat, but wouldn't be bad for my sugar or diet?

47 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-08-30 16:34:42 -0500 Report

South Beach Diet has a slightly salty snack bar. I tried it and it was good, unfortunately I forget the name. It had chocolate and was chewy and salty. It was fairly low carb.

Jupeto 2011-08-30 10:03:14 -0500 Report

Snacks for salt can iinclude the healthy choice snack bars. the salt and nut is great for salt depravation. I also like the peanut one and the roasted mixed nut - called sweet & salt nut. watch the carbs though one snack bar is usually 20 to 30 carbs - which is what my dietician says is the right level for me.

Tluvtigger 2011-08-29 13:14:42 -0500 Report

Thank you all for the wonderful ideas! I really appreciate it. I get bored with the same things so new ideas will help keep me away from poor choices!! Thanks again!!

jladytiger1979 2011-08-28 16:26:12 -0500 Report

I'm a snack junkie!! I like fresh plums, peaches, nectarines!! Berries, frozen or fresh (strawberries blueberries blackberries rasberries). Popcorn. Motts makes perfect individual servings of berry or peack mix applesauce. Triscuit thins. Nuts (emerald cocoa roasted dark chocolate almonds are my fav! Sunflower & pumpkin seeds. REAL olives. Cheese. Sunchips (I tend to have these as my before bed snack & it help maintain my sugar through the night). Flipz pretzels if I need chocolate & salty (but only 1 serving)!!! Brothers all natural have dried fruit snacks no preservatives or added sugar!! They come in fuji apple, pineapple, pear, strawberry, strawberry & banana & I think a couple more but those are the ones I can think of at the moment. Nature valley granola bars/squares if they are under 20 carbs. (Fyi this is stuff I really do eat AS SNACKS along with regular healthy meals and I've lost 98 lbs to date.)

MrsCDogg 2011-08-28 04:45:41 -0500 Report

Nuts are a great salty snack. Also if you really want some junk food you could try some pork rinds. They have great crunch and salt.

chinaJim 2011-08-28 00:32:02 -0500 Report

Go to a Chinese market if you can. A lot of their ethnic food is great for you. My last trip to China Jing and I went to Zhengzhou City Park where ladies in their 70's and older were doing Tai Chi and ethnic fan dances in the park at high noon..look at one of my pictures of Jing and I in this can see what I mean. My wife is almost 40 and does not look it!!!

margokittycat 2011-08-27 21:18:27 -0500 Report

Mixed nuts, flavored No Sugar Added Apple sauces, home made granola its very siple to make takes about 35-40 minutes to bake it. Graham Crackers with Peanut butter, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Wasabi Peas, if your really craving chips, Baked lays jsut don't eat the entire bag. I love sugar snap peas, carrots and celery and cucumber. Dried cherrys, or dried pomegranate or mangos awsome.

princessbeiter 2011-08-27 21:16:34 -0500 Report

Walnuts and pecans. Roast them in your oven. All you need to do is spray them with butter flavor cooking spray, Crisco ihas the best flavor, put a little salt on them and bake them for about ten or fifteen minutes at 350. They're great and good for you and YOU control the salt.

Go crazy, add chili powder or any spice you like. I've also done them with Splenda Brown Sugar Blend for a sweet snack.

MrsCDogg 2011-08-28 04:47:00 -0500 Report

I've made nuts like that! I've also done them sweet too. I put some Splenda, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg on them when they come out of the oven and are hot and moist. Yum!!

Kathae 2011-08-27 20:58:19 -0500 Report

Its funny, I have never eaten sweets or things like potato chips etc., but now that I can't have them, I really seem to want them. Let's see, I can't have salt (kidneys) I can't have sugar (diabetes) I can't have cheese or a lot of fat (no gallbladder) what's left!

Debbiejf 2011-08-27 20:35:16 -0500 Report

If you can keep from eating the whole bag, I like lightly salted Lays chips. Mostly I like really salty pretzel sticks but the carbs are atrocious so I would suggest a salty nut in moderation unless it's the chips you are craving. I think I would buy a small bag of lightly salted and not eat the whole bag throw out the rest after you have some if you don't trust yourself :).

princessbeiter 2011-08-27 21:11:44 -0500 Report

I almost NEVER ate pretzels until the last few months. I have been craving them like crazy, lately.

And, rather than the regular chips, try the BAKED versions. You get a lot less fat in them.

Debbiejf 2011-08-27 21:43:52 -0500 Report

I tried the baked chips and decided I would rather do without, so maybe once a year I will have a few Lightly Salted and am happy for another year :), yeah, the pretzels really can solve the salt cravings which if I'm not mistaken is really your body saying it's missing something…some (brain fragementation going on here right now)!

princessbeiter 2011-08-28 15:58:51 -0500 Report

I think you're right. We crave some foods because we're not getting enough of something. It could be a vitamin or mineral or even salt.

Whigmee 2011-08-27 18:40:28 -0500 Report

I was craving chips as well so my boyfriend brought home a yummy snack. It's called potato straws by sensible Portions. He purchased them at Wal Mart. They are the shape & size of french fries and cheddar flavored. 38 straws: 130 cal, 7 g fat, 15 g carb, 1 g fiber. Not too bad & they taste GREAT!

princessbeiter 2011-08-27 21:13:18 -0500 Report

I've never tried the potato straws, but I have tried the apple straws and they are great. They've got cinnamon flavor on them and they are so light and crispy. Next I'm going to try the veggie straws.

flipmom 2011-08-27 17:35:22 -0500 Report

i love munching on steamed edamame!! its a soypod!! half a cup serving has 8.5g of carbs but 5.2 in fiber so only 3.34 in carbs!! deeelish!

Brynne 2011-08-27 17:18:21 -0500 Report

Hi, yes— try 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, if you like them. That should take the craving away. also sunflower seeds have good nutrients in them.

smcowles 2011-08-27 04:56:05 -0500 Report

I'm not sure if they are available everywhere but I have found a product called Beanitos. They're made from either Pinto Beans & Flax seed or Black beans - Gluten free, corn free, high fiber, 15g carbs, 0g sugars. They're a little cardboard-ish but great with salsa. Serving size is 1oz. I've never had a full serving, the crave demons are put to rest after 4 chips, lol. Works for me when I'm craving!

squog master
squog master 2011-08-27 00:04:34 -0500 Report

I like to make my own trail mix. I mix 4-5 different nuts I like & add a handful of dried cherries & sometimes a handful of granola.

I also like celery & baby carrots & dip them in peanut butter.

And string cheese is good.

flipmom 2011-08-26 21:06:11 -0500 Report

im the opposite! i crave sweets and atkins peanut butter cups and atkins chocolatechips cookie dough hits the spot and they dont give me spikes!!

Type1Lou 2011-08-27 15:19:25 -0500 Report

I have a weakness for the Atkins Peanut Caramel bars! They are a low carb version of the Payday candy bar…good for summertime because there's no chocolate to melt all over everything in the heat

princessbeiter 2011-08-27 21:19:09 -0500 Report

I like the peanut butter cups, coconut bars, and chewy caramel nougat bars. They taste so much like the "real thing" that you don't feel cheated and you do feel satisfied. I do NOT, however, like the peanut butter cookies.

flipmom 2011-08-27 16:02:04 -0500 Report

oohhh i wanna try that one!! i dont think we have it on our store but i will look for it!! thanks!

helen7898 2011-08-26 21:00:05 -0500 Report

nothing stops my cravings when I want chips. I buy a small bag and eat them in the early part of the day. it usually satisifies me. If i don't vI will think about them forever.

Arnie T
Arnie T 2011-08-26 19:50:24 -0500 Report

Yes, pretzels are good. Certain trail mixes are good if you stay away from the ones with M & M s in them. :>)

Type1Lou 2011-08-27 15:18:18 -0500 Report

I remember having been out on a hike and leaving a bag of trail mix on the picnic table. When I got back, some crows had found the bag and eaten everything in it EXCEPT the M & M's. Even the crows know that M & M's are not good for them!

ldraco 2011-08-26 17:52:36 -0500 Report

I like Terra Chips Vegetable Chips; the original flavor is my favorite. They have several varieties now.

RAYT721 2011-08-26 17:22:25 -0500 Report

Have you tried Sun Chips or Baked Lays products??? They are better for you than original fat-ladened products but read the labels for serving sizes and base your calories, fat, carbs, etc. from real servings not perceived servings.

grandmaducky 2011-08-26 16:54:57 -0500 Report

honey roasted peanut are lower than chips

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 17:34:49 -0500 Report

I stay away from the honey (too many carbs) and just eat the roasted salted peanuts.

grandmaducky 2011-08-26 19:57:24 -0500 Report

5 Carbs 2 fiber in 1 serving lower in some peanutbutter i use the when i want a candy bar :)

Type1Lou 2011-08-27 15:14:20 -0500 Report

Isn't it grand that we have such a variety to pick and choose from…as the French say, "Vive la difference!" When I have a sweet craving, I take a square of good quality dark chocolate and cover it with a spoonful of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter…6 grams of carb and better than Reeses PB cup in my opinion.

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 14:42:32 -0500 Report

Nuts would be better for you than potato chips. Check out the carb value of any snack. The lower the carb, the better for your diabetes. I usually crave a little something sweet. When that happens, I take one square of dark good quality chocolate, (like Lindt) and put a spoonful of all natural Smucker's Peanut Butter on top. It's only 6 grams of carb and YUMMY!

princessbeiter 2011-08-27 21:22:49 -0500 Report

Dark chocolate is actually good for us. The higher the coco content, the better, but I tried that 85% coco stuff once. Didn't like it at all.

Dried fruits are my favorite. You have the sweet taste with the benefits of fruit. Win/win in my book!

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